Role of Selenium in Good Nutrition
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant. It works synergistically with vitamin E, meaning that
both are more powerful when they are taken together.
Selenium helps to activate antioxidant enzymes such as
glutathione peroxidase, which neutralizes potentially harmful free radicals.
Selenium is needed for healthy muscles, including the
Selenium also plays a role in maintaining healthy eyesight,
skin and hair.
Seafood, meats and grains
The actual content of selenium in whole grains depends on
how much selenium is in the soil where the grains were grown.
Check with your local market for the recommended daily intake of selenium.
Elderly people, smokers, vegetarians and vegans, and pregnant or lactating women may need slightly
higher amounts of selenium.