Does selenium really slow aging?

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Selenium has anti-aging properties and may protect against age-associated disease.

What is selenium?

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Selenium is a component of enzymes and proteins — known as selenoproteins — that play important role in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, and DNA synthesis.

Anti-aging benefits of selenium

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Selenoproteins control misfolded proteins. Accumulation of misfolded proteins is a common characteristic of aging.

Other health benefits of Selenium

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Selenium may also protect against certain age-related diseases.

Heart disease

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People with lower selenium levels are at a higher risk of coronary heart disease, but more research is needed.

Cancer

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 Selenium supplementation may increase the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer and type 2 diabetes. The evidence around this remains conflicting.

Thyroid disease

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Having optimal levels of selenium may protect against thyroid disease and preserve overall health.

Cognitive decline

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Due to selenium’s antioxidant properties, selenium supplementation can help treat or prevent age-related cognitive decline in older adults.

Should You take a selenium supplement?

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Overall, research remains conflicting regarding selenium supplementation. Consult with your healthcare providers.

Food Sources of Selenium 

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– yellowfin tuna – halibut – sardine – beef – ham – shrimp – cottage cheese – brown rice – boiled egg – whole wheat bread – beans/lentils.