Selenium, an antioxidant nutrient.

  title={Selenium, an antioxidant nutrient.},
  author={Raymond F. Burk},
  journal={Nutrition in clinical care : an official publication of Tufts University},
  volume={5 2},
  • Raymond F. Burk
  • Published 2002 in
    Nutrition in clinical care : an official…
Selenium is an essential constituent of a number of enzymes, some of which have antioxidant functions. Deficiency of the element in animals makes them susceptible to injury by certain types of oxidative stress. At least 1 human disease occurs only in selenium-deficient individuals. Therefore, it seems prudent to avoid selenium deficiency. The plasma (or serum) selenium concentration is often used to assess selenium nutritional status. A plasma selenium concentration of 8 micrograms/dL or… CONTINUE READING

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