Selenium is an essential trace element and an integral part of more than 25 enzymes. These enzymes, known as selenoproteins, play a role in several important body functions: normal immune system and throid function, the protection of cells from oxidative damage and the maintenance of healthy hair and nails.
Selenium in Mustard Seed
The mustard plant is a member of the cruciferous family. In addition to organic and inorganic selenides, mustard seeds are rich in the selenium-containing amino acid selenomethionine. With an absorption rate of 80-100%, organic selenium is highly bioavailable and occurs in combination with other compounds found in the seeds.
Health Benefits of Selenium
According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), selenium contributes to:
- Protecting cells against oxidative stress
- The normal functioning of the nervous system
- Normal thyroid function
- Normal sperm cell formation
- Maintaining normal hair
- Maintaining normal nails