Selenium (elemental) - 25 mcg
In the form of L-Selenomethionine 5000 mcg/g - 5 mg
Like magnesium, selenium acts as an important co-factor in our body. Selenium is important for proper thyroid function, which among other things regulates the temperature of the body. Because of our unhealthy eating habits, we attack our thyroid gland and run it at full speed, causing our body to produce antibodies.
Selenium deficiencies lead to disorders whose intensity will vary according to the severity of the deficiency. Low intake of selenium causes reduced resistance to oxidative stress, increased susceptibility to infections, and a higher frequency of cancer or cardiovascular disease.
Selenium supplements are indicated among others for elderly, vegetarians, vegans, inflammatory diseases, rheumatic diseases, asthma, bronchitis, metabolic syndrome, liver diseases, diabetes mellitus, prevention of diabetes complications, Graves disease, depression (associated with suboptimal selenium status), prevention of colon polyps, prevention of age-related cognitive decline, prevention of Alzheimer's disease, and postoperative recovery.
There is still no clarity about the correct dose to be taken via supplementation. The EFSA identified an AI of 70 μg per day and the High Health Council proposed an MTI (maximum allowable intake) of 200 μg per day. The recommended form, L-selenomethionine, is 90% absorbed and included in Bodhi at 45% of the RI, namely 25 μg.
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