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- Apr 12 2018
What Role does Selenium play in Thyroid Health?
What is Selenium?
It is a protein found in several proteins and its level in the body depend on the population and its diet, geographic area, and soil composition. The highest amount of selenium is found in thyroid organ. It is required for the antioxidant function and for the metabolism of thyroid hormone. It can be available in both, organic compounds and inorganic compounds. Selenomethionine, which is organic is found in vegetable sources, selenium yeast, and other selenium supplements. The main sources of selenium are meat products, pasta or rice, and bread or cereals.
Reduced selenium levels are found in smokers and with advanced stage, selenium depletion has also been associated with the consumption of eggs, white rice, alcohol, and coffee. Excess of selenium in the body with the toxic effects is known as selenosis. Its symptoms include,
- Abdominal pain
- Hair loss
- Brittle nails
- Peripheral Neurotherapy
- The smell of garlic in sweat and breath.
If you have low levels of selenium, it is harder for the thyroid to make its hormones and for the body to convert thyroid hormones into the form that is needed by your cells. Its role includes:
- Regulating thyroid hormone synthesis.
- Supporting the conversion of T4 to T3.
- Protecting the thyroid’s tissues whenever the thyroid is affected by oxidative stress.
- It maintains appropriate T3 levels in the thyroid, liver, kidney and brain cells.
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