Six reasons this essential trace element should be on your supplement list
Guys, it’s time to ask a few tough questions…
...are your ‘swimmers’ the healthiest they could be?
How about your thyroid?
Or testosterone levels?
Stress, low energy, and a poor diet, as well as other factors such as tiredness and overindulgence, can all leave you feeling well below your best, especially in the bedroom!
That’s why today we’re taking a look at Selenium and the essential role it plays in supporting fertility, testosterone, and other men’s health issues. Oh, and if you missed it, check out our previous post on Korean Ginseng and what makes this ancient Chinese medicine so special.
Let’s take a look...
What is Selenium?
Unlike the herb-based ingredients we’ve discussed so far, Selenium is a trace element that’s typically found within metal sulfide ores, the soil, as well as many foods.
Selenium was first discovered in the early 1800s, and since then has been used in medicines and supplements for its wide range of antioxidant and health benefits for things like reproduction, testosterone levels, and mental health.
Let’s take a closer look at how Selenium can help improve your health.
Asthma affects over 597,000 New Zealanders, 1 in 8 of which are adults.
Currently, there is no cure for asthma, but there are ways to lessen the effect it has on your life. Those who have asthma suffer from thick, inflamed airways which, during an attack, can become tight, causing coughing, wheezing, and a tight chest.
Selenium helps to reduce inflammation of the airways, with studies showing that patients with higher levels of Selenium in their blood have better lung function when compared to those with lower levels.
2. Antioxidant properties
Free radicals are created during natural bodily processes such as metabolising. While a certain level of free radicals can be beneficial for keeping diseases at bay, an excess caused by smoking, stress, or alcohol can become harmful and lead to oxidative stress.
Selenium’s status as a powerful antioxidant helps prevent cell damage caused by these harmful free radicals, as it pairs to - and neutralises - them to protect the body from damage.
3. Mental health
The number of people experiencing the devastating effects of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other mental health issues continues to rise.
If you find yourself continually blaming your forgetfulness on your bad memory, it may be time to put a few precautions in place. Studies have shown a link between those with low levels of Selenium and those suffering from mental health issues such as Alzheimer’s.
4. Heart disease
Heart disease affects over 165,000 New Zealanders.
That’s one in every twenty adults!
In a conducted analysis, a 50% increase in blood selenium levels was associated with a 24% reduction in the risk of heart disease. Furthermore, Selenium’s powerful antioxidants not only help reduce the effects of oxidative stress, but they also reduce inflammation - one of the leading causes of heart disease.
Both oxidative stress and inflammation have both been linked to plaque build-up within the arteries (Atherosclerosis), which leads to heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks.
5. Thyroid function
Thyroid disease can be caused by several issues, including a lack of iodine, autoimmune diseases, or inflammation. A happy, healthy thyroid gland is essential to your health, as your body relies on it to produce hormones and regulate other organs.
6. Fertility & testosterone levels
You didn’t think we’d forgotten, did you?
With male infertility on the rise in recent years, a study was conducted to determine the relationship between testosterone and trace elements, such as Selenium, as they’ve proven to be beneficial in reproduction.
The results from the study show a strong positive connection between selenium and serum testosterone in infertile males. In addition to supporting fertility and testosterone, Selenium also helps to enhance semen mobility and the chance of successful conception.
A powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and essential trace element
As we’ve highlighted today, Selenium plays a vital role in the health and well-being of your mind and body. That’s why it’s an active ingredient in our unique formulation, making it easy for guys like you to supplement your diet with much-needed Selenium and reap the health benefits both in and out of the bedroom.