6 signs of a selenium deficiency – Health Guide

Worldwide, between 500 million and 1 billion people have a selenium deficiency. In the United States and Canada, selenium deficiency is very rare, but there are groups of people who are at a higher risk.People undergoing dialysis have a greater chance of developing a deficiency, as well as those living with HIV. Gastrointestinal conditions such as Crohn’s disease and celiac disease may also make it harder for people to absorb the selenium they need.

Thyroid hormones play an important role in hair growth and regeneration. Without selenium, the production of thyroid hormone is slowed. The cells in hair follicles respond to this drop in thyroid hormone, and your hair may fall out faster than usual (Ventura, 2017).

When we think of muscles, we think of our skeletal muscles specifically and forget about our cardiac muscles. Skeletal muscle disorders that cause weakness, pain, and fatigue have been reported in patients with low selenium levels (Chariot, 2003).

There’s a correlation between selenium levels and fertility, but low levels in the early stages of pregnancy are also associated with miscarriage, low birth weight, and damage to the immune and nervous systems of the fetus (Pieczyńska, 2015).

6 signs of a selenium deficiency – Health Guide