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Introduction: Selenium

Description of Selenium

Selenium: An essential dietary mineral.
Source: National Institute of Health

Selenium: A nonmetallic chemical element found in trace amounts in human body. Selenium is biologically active in the form of selenocompounds, mostly selenoproteins such as glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase (enzymes responsible for detoxification). Alone or in combination with Vitamin E, selenocompounds act as antioxidants, scavenging free radicals, which may contribute to the development of premature aging and chromosomal mutations associated with tumorigenesis. In a chemopreventive capacity, selenocompounds block the induction of protein kinase C. Selenium also prevents blood clots by inhibiting platelet aggregation and may augment immune system functions. (NCI04)
Source: Diseases Database

Selenium: element with the atomic symbol Se, atomic number 34; an essential micronutrient for mammals and other animals but toxic in large amounts; protects intracellular structures against oxidative damage.
Source: CRISP

Selenium: An element with the atomic symbol Se, atomic number 34, and atomic weight 78.96. It is an essential micronutrient for mammals and other animals but is toxic in large amounts. Selenium protects intracellular structures against oxidative damage. It is an essential component of GLUTATHIONE PEROXIDASE.
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Selenium: Treatments

Selenium (treatment): Type of Mineral supplements.

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