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The Thyroid and Selenium

When it comes to health, there are good reasons why thyroid dysfunction (even subtle) is often implicated in causing systemic problems.  Active thyroid hormone, or T3, has a direct effect on mitochondrial respiration in every cell of the body. Therefore, optimizing the function of the thyroid makes a lot of sense.  Along those lines, the mineral selenium may have a role to play.  The thyroid gland has the highest amount of selenium in it compared to every other organ in the human body.  Impressively, in several placebo controlled supplementation studies, selenium reduced autoimmune activity in both hashimoto's and mild graves disease and improved clinical scores and well-being (Selenium and the thyroid, Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2013 Oct;20(5):441-8. doi: 10.1097/01.med.0000433066.24541.88).  Safe dosages of selenium in adults are considered to be 100 to 200mcg per day.
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