Selenium

Maintaining adequate selenium levels is important to immune and thyroid function. But given the potential long-term risk of supplementation, I think the best option for most people is to meet their need by eating selenium-rich foods - Chris Kresser

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Selenium: What Is It, And Why Do Vegans Need It?

Selenium was discovered in 1817 by a Swedish chemist called Jöns Jacob Berzelius.

It is similar to tellurium, which had been discovered in 1782 and named after the Latin word for earth 'tellus'. Berzelius kept the celestial theme going and named his new discovery selenium, after 'selene, the Greek name for the moon.

Selenium (chemical symbol Se) is now used as a glass dye, in fireworks to produce red smoke and as an antifungal agent in dandruff shampoos. It was the selenium sulphide in shampoo that killed the alien in the 2001 film Evolution.

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In nutrition, selenium is described as an essential trace element, which means we only need…

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