Most of us appreciate the need for macro-nutrients like protein and good fats. We also know we need vitamins and minerals. However, beyond the obvious A,B C, D and E vitamins, and the ‘big ticket’ minerals, like calcium, are minerals that are only needed in much smaller doses, which may get overlooked. These trace minerals, like Selenium, which though just a ‘trace mineral,’ is nonetheless intrinsic to good health and vitally important for humans. One landmark study, which followed several hundred elders of eighty years and more found that Selenium had a lot to do with the elders who were aging the most successfully. It was found, for example, that low selenium was a significant factor in all natural mortality risks. Participants with the highest levels of Selenium had, conversely, the lowest inflammation markers. Depending on your age and other health factors, your best dose may vary. But, many adults will find they need about 50 mcg, daily, which can be achieved by consuming more seafood, organic meats, eggs and many varieties of nuts.
- According to recent research conducted on small and insignificant minerals, trace minerals could provide numerous health benefits to people when consumed in sufficient amounts.
- It has been found that when selenium levels in your body are adequate, they could influence the functioning of the immune system and one’s overall well being.
- When people have selenium in low levels in their blood, it was found that their risks for things like mortality became increased.
“These subjects gave blood samples at the beginning of the study, which was called the Aging and Longevity in the Sirente geographic area, (ilSIRENTE) study.”