Selenium is essential element for good bone health – evidence review
The chemical element selenium may be toxic in large amounts, but tiny quantities are vital for normal cell function in animals, which is why is found in multivitamins. Now a review of the evidence in a leading academic journal shows that selenium deficiency is associated with increased bone turnover, reduced bone mineral density and heightened risk of bone disease.
Normal levels of selenium:
- Regulate inflammation and the amount of bone cells;
- Protects bone cells from oxidative stress;
- And reduce risk of hip fragility fractures.
There are plenty of good dietary sources of selenium including Brazil nuts, fish, pork, beef, turkey, chicken, cottage cheese, eggs and brown rice.
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