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Selenium Plays Key Role in Fertility

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A research team, led by Melanie Ceko, looked at the role of selenium in the ovaries, and found that selenium is crucial to the development of healthy ovarian follicles. Follicles are responsible for production of eggs in women. According to Ceko: Selenium is an essential trace element found in protein-rich foods like red meat, seafood and nuts. It is important for many biological functions, such as immune response, thyroid hormone production, and acts as an antioxidant, helping to detoxify damaging chemicals in the body. We’ve known for some time that selenium is important to men’s fertility, but until now no-one has researched how this element could be involved in healthy reproduction in women. The researchers found exactly where selenium is located in the ovary, and in particular, the selenoprotein known as GPX1. According to Ceko: Our findings are important, because they show that selenium and selenoproteins are at elevated levels […]

Treating Hashimoto’s Can Prevent Overt Hypothyroidism

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Most people who have Hashimoto’s disease -approximately 90% – have antibodies that can be measured in the blood. The Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO) test detects those antibodies. At the same time, around 5% of people who have the disease and were diagnosed by other means (i.e., ultrasound, biopsy, etc.) do not have measurable thyroid antibodies. In one study, researchers looked at patients who had been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, but had no measurable antibodies. This group was compared to patients who had Hashimoto’s and antibodies. What they found was that overt hypothyroidism — defined as an elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level, and low Free Thyroxine (Free T4) levels was more common in those patients who tested positive for thyroid antibodies. Subclinical hypothyroidism — mildly increased TSH — was more common in the group who did not test positive for antibodies. The researchers concluded that the presence of antibodies was […]