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Selenium: Health Benefits and Risks of Overdose

Selenium is an essential micronutrient best known for its antioxidant properties. It is part of 25 selenoproteins that play many different roles in the body, ranging from promoting hormone production and strengthening the immune system to possibly protecting against cancer. Selenium is found naturally in many foods and water. Its amount in the food largely depends on the concentration of selenium in the soil, in which the plants used for human consumption or to feed […]

Natural Antioxidants and their Health Benefits

Some of the most common vitamins and minerals have in the past few decades became better known as powerful antioxidants. Scientists continue investigating their anti-oxidative properties to better understand whether such vitamins and minerals can really prevent chronic illnesses or moderate their intensity and evidence is growing all the time. Some highly distinguished researchers now recommend diets deliberately high in antioxidants to help the body to get rid of free radicals. Common conditions, that some […]

Diet and Immunity

Although vitamins and minerals alone cannot cure or prevent an infection, extra doses of certain nutrients do seem to reduce the severity of some infectious diseases. It goes without saying that a long-lasting vitamin deficiency is an invitation to disease. A vigorous immune system is all that stands between us and perpetual infection while dietary nutrients are known to have a significant impact on the status of our immune system. Some experts even suggest that […]