Selenium as an Antioxidant
|Selenium as an Antioxidant||Darrell Miller||06/13/11|
June 13, 2011 01:39 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Selenium as an Antioxidant
Antioxidant Properties of Selenium.
Selenium plays many roles within your body, but one of the better known of these arises from its antioxidant properties. In this respect it can help to prevent premature aging through the free radical oxidation of your body cells and of the LDL cholesterol in your blood. The former can cause excessive wrinkling of the skin and oxidize fat deposits under the skin to produce what are commonly known as age spots or liver spots, while the latter can lead to premature death due to blockage of the arteries.
Free radicals are generated by alcohols, smoke, traffic and industrial fumes, string sunlight and even your own metabolism. Unless they are destroyed immediately they are formed, they will oxidize the molecules that form your cell membranes and also the LDL cholesterol in your blood. Selenium contributes to their destruction through its antioxidant properties, and also helps to increase the ratio of HDL ('good' cholesterol) to LDL cholesterol, commonly known as the bad type.
For these properties alone, it is worth making sure that you maintain good levels of selenium in your diet.
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