The importance of selenium to human health

  title={The importance of selenium to human health},
  author={M. Rayman},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • M. Rayman
  • Published 2000
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • The essential trace mineral, selenium, is of fundamental importance to human health. As a constituent of selenoproteins, selenium has structural and enzymic roles, in the latter context being best-known as an antioxidant and catalyst for the production of active thyroid hormone. Selenium is needed for the proper functioning of the immune system, and appears to be a key nutrient in counteracting the development of virulence and inhibiting HIV progression to AIDS. It is required for sperm… CONTINUE READING
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