IMPORTANCE: Selenium is a major anti-oxidant which protect cell membranes; preserves tissue elasticity and youthfulness of the skin. It protects and stimulates the immune system; protects against various types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, strokes and heart attacks. It protects against cataract formation; alleviates hot flashes and menopausal distress; helps in the treatment and prevention of dandruff and dry skin. Selenium raises sperm count and increase fertility in men; protects against a variety of viral infections; plays a vital role in regulating the effects of thyroid hormone on fat metabolism. Selenium when combined with Vitamin E & Zinc may provide relief from an enlarged prostate. It protects the liver in people with alcoholic cirrhosis; decreases platelet clotting in the bloodstream. It slows down aging and hardening of tissues through oxidation; may help protect against the damage caused by air pollution and smoke.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in premature aging, heart disease, psoriasis, dandruff, loose skin, eczema.