What Does Selenium Do for the Body?
We aren’t gamblin’ people, but we’d bet our socks you were scanning the side of a supplement and saw selenium….are we right?
Shyeah we are.
So your curious mind put your curious fingers to work and you ended up here—the blog world of MaxQ, where information flows freely to get your brain buff.
So, let’s get to it.
What is Selenium?
It is a trace mineral that is crucial for our bodily functions. In particular, our immune and thyroid gland.
It combats free radicals, helps keep our metabolism healthy and has other perks, too.
Selenium Aids in Thyroid Health
Selenium is a key player in the production of thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones impact metabolism.
Selenium is concentrated at high amounts in the form of selenoproteins that act as protectors against free radical damage resulting from the production of thyroid hormones and they also moderate the thyroid hormones.
The hormones produced by the thyroid affect numerous metabolic processes, growth and development.
During thyroid hormone production, free radicals are created which forms hydrogen peroxide, and selenium helps combat and deactivate these free radicals to prevent disruption of the thyroid and oxidative stress.
The thyroid moderates and controls so many functions, that an impairment can result in changes in strength, appetite, sleep, weight, body temperature, fatigue and more.
Selenium Acts like an Antioxidant
An important role played by selenium is its protective role. The body needs small amounts of selenium to make proteins called antioxidant enzymes that help prevent cell damage from free radicals.
It amplifies antioxidant activity to fight off free radicals and inflammation. This is a big deal to athletes. Athletes undergo chronic oxidative stress because of training. As a result, free radicals are release and wreak havoc on the body and its health.
They contribute to cancer, heart disease, compromised immune systems and inflamed body states that can lead to diseases like diabetes.
Selenium also works synergistically with Vitamin E to help fight oxidative stress and cancers.
Selenium Boosts Your Immune System
Selenium is required for immune system health as selenoproteins help produce T cells which are white blood cells that fight and prevent infections. Pretty short and sweet explanation right there.
Selenium and Performance
Because of its role in metabolism, it stands to reason it impacts performance through regulation of the thyroid to ensure healthy metabolism. Resulting thyroid diseases such as Hashimotos causes advanced fatigue which can impact performance.
Even if you don’t get so depleted you have a ‘diagnosable’ condition—fatigue and weak muscles is not the perfect recipe for an athlete.
So there you have it, curious mind. Now you know enough about selenium to put that bottle down and go pick up some weights. While you’re making sure you’re healthy, make sure you’re stocked up on muscle building BCAAs and amino acids here. You’re welcome. Now go! Go sweat!