Selenium IV Therapy Drip
Selenium is a mineral and naturally occurring trace element in the soil, water, and some foods. Selenium is also an antioxidant and helps protect cells from damage caused by oxidative stress.
Selenium is a powerful and essential mineral that plays a major role in performing several important bodily processes. The body cannot produce Selenium on its own, however, making its supplementation particularly important for individuals who wish to achieve optimal health.
Selenium is critical for many important bodily functions, including metabolism and the immune system. Your body cannot synthesize selenium, so you need to get adequate amounts from your diet and/or supplements.
IV infusion is an ideal way of getting selenium and other nutrients because it skips the digestive tract and is directly absorbed in the bloodstream. Some of our treatments already include selenium. If you have questions or would like to request a custom formulation, please contact us, or stop by.
What Is Selenium & What Does It Do?
Selenium is a mineral you commonly absorb through nutrients in a healthy diet. It is not present in the body but is a vital trace element for healthy thyroid gland function.
Most soil in the US is naturally selenium-rich, and, as a result, a serious deficiency is not common in the population. However, if you cannot absorb selenium, it will significantly affect the health of your thyroid. This is why many people with thyroid deficiency choose to take IV Selenium along with their prescribed medicines.
Selenium is a powerful and essential mineral that plays a major role in performing several important processes in the body. The body cannot produce Selenium on its own, making its supplementation particularly important for individuals who wish to achieve optimal health.
The intravenous administration of this mineral via our Selenium IV is highly recommended for several reasons. Selenium regulates important metabolic functions and is capable of fighting oxidative damage caused by free radicals. It can lower individual susceptibility to illness and is also indicated to support vital bodily functions.
HOW DOES THE INFUSION WORK?
The intravenous administration of Selenium can destroy free radicals and protect the body and skin against oxidative stress. This forestalls premature aging and lessens the likelihood of certain age-related conditions from developing. Selenium also has the potential to protect healthy cells against DNA damage and may help to lower specific markers of inflammation in the body.
What are the benefits of IV Selenium?
Selenium and brain health
Selenium is essential for proper brain function. It is also involved in central nervous system function (for things like muscle movement and coordination). Selenium is used to produce unique types of proteins (called selenoproteins) which are used by neurons and other brain cells to send signals.
How your skin benefits from selenium
Selenium benefits your skin by preventing free radicals and other harmful compounds from damaging skin cells (which leads to wrinkles, dullness and other signs of aging). Selenium also helps protect skin cells from damage caused by UV rays and fights inflammation.
Selenium and hair: a delicate balance
Selenium is necessary for new hair growth, but too much selenium can lead to problems like hair loss or brittle hair that breaks easily. Most healthy adults only need about 55 micrograms of selenium per day, and 400 micrograms is the recommended upper limit.
Selenium promotes healthy hair by neutralizing free radicals that can weaken hair follicles. Selenium is also crucial for proper thyroid function, and your thyroid regulates the hormones that control hair growth.
How selenium affects thyroid function
In adults, the most selenium per gram of living tissue is found in the thyroid. Your thyroid needs selenium for thyroid hormones to be metabolized effectively. When selenium levels are too low, fewer thyroid hormones are synthesized, which upsets endocrine system balance.
Several thyroid problems are associated with selenium deficiency, including goiter (enlarged thyroid), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), cancer, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and Graves’ disease.
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Selenium for your liver
Selenium supports good liver health by preserving glutathione levels (glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that detoxifies liver enzymes and promotes healing of liver cells).
Selenium is also an important nutrient if liver cancer runs in your family, or if you have been diagnosed with hepatitis. Some studies have found that supplemental selenium reduces rates of liver cancer diagnosis among patients with viral hepatitis.
Selenium is good for your eyes
Getting enough selenium on a regular basis helps prevent cataracts from forming. Along with zinc, selenium helps maintain low intraocular pressure, which in turn helps prevent glaucoma.
Oxidative stress contributes to many different eye problems. Antioxidants like selenium protect against cell damage to keep your eyes healthy.
Selenium and weight loss
Because selenium is so vital for proper thyroid function, it’s also tied to weight gain and loss. A healthy thyroid regulates weight management by secreting hormones that control how fat, carbs, and protein are regulated.
If poor thyroid function caused by selenium deficiency causes weight gain, getting back to healthy selenium levels can help with losing the weight.
What are the symptoms of selenium deficiency?
Selenium deficiency is rare in the United States. You only need a small amount of selenium each day (generally 55 micrograms for most adults, and no more than 400 micrograms).
Certain factors put you at a higher risk of selenium deficiency, including:
Gastric bypass surgery
Digestive disorders such as Crohn’s
Eating only local foods if you live in a region with insufficient selenium levels in the soil
Symptoms of selenium deficiency include:
While selenium supplements have not been shown to prevent cancer risk, low selenium levels have been associated with an increased risk of several types of cancer: colon, rectum, prostate, lung, bladder, skin, esophagus, and stomach.
Selenium levels decrease with age, and studies are underway to determine whether low selenium levels in older adults are associated with a decline in cognitive function.
Despite selenium’s presence in our diet, some people have a selenium deficiency as their bodies do not absorb enough selenium through digestive means.
Common Selenium Deficiencies Causes:
- Crohn’s disease
- Digestive or intestinal absorption issues.
- Kidney Dialysis Patients
- Gastric Bypass Patients
- Living in an area with selenium-deficient soil.
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Common Selenium Deficiency Effects:
(Many of these overlap with hypothyroidism.)
- Weight Gain
- Hair Loss and Weak Nails
- Poor Immune System / Becoming sick more frequently.
- Reduced cognitive function / Lack of concentration
- Garlic smelling breathe.
The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, in front of the trachea (windpipe). One of its primary functions is to take iodine from the bowel to create hormones that help regulate the body’s metabolism (the process that turns food into energy). These hormones are called triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).
When the thyroid does not produce enough of these hormones, many of the body’s functions will slow down. This is known as an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
Selenium Dysfunction and the Thyroid
Selenium is a trace element with many vital human body functions. The thyroid contains the highest concentration of selenium of all the organs in the body.
Selenium is required by one of the enzymes that activate thyroid hormones.
(converting it from T4 to T3).
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is the most common medication used to treat hypothyroidism. However, Levothyroxine needs to have one of its four iodine atoms removed so that it can transform into the active thyroid hormone, T3. The enzyme that performs this crucial step is called 5′ deiodinase.
Commonly, many patients receive increasing doses of Levothyroxine due to inadequate levels of selenium, which is required by 5″ deiodinase to perform its function of activating the thyroid hormone.