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Antioxidants

are one of the first lines of defense that the body employs to keep free radicals in check and prevent them from causing a domino effect of damage on other cells.

Alkazone Antioxidant Water and Balance Your pH Drops adds the antioxidant minerals Selenium and Zinc to our products, which have been known to stop the formation of free radicals.

How Selenium Benefits Your Health

We do know that selenium is an essential mineral that’s crucial to many bodily functions. Incorporating selenium into your diet should be on your mind and here’s why …

1. Selenium Is A Powerful Antioxidant

Selenium works as a powerful antioxidant in the body. Antioxidants are substances that sloe or prevent cell damage by neutralizing free radicals. Selenium protects against free radicals and oxidative stress. It’s an active immunomodulator and a more potent antioxidant than vitamins A, C, or E.

Selenium combines with other proteins to create selenoproteins such as glutathione peroxidases and thioredoxin reductases. These proteins act as antioxidants to support health at the cellular level.

2. Thyroid Support

The thyroid is a gland in the throat that produces hormones. The hormones produced by the thyroid affect growth and metabolic processes. Compared to other tissue in the human body, the thyroid contains the most selenium per gram. Like iodine, selenium plays an important role in the synthesis of  thyroid hormones . There have been many studies on selenium and thyroid disease, often with mixed or contradictory results. One study linked low selenium levels to thyroid problems in the elderly. Unfortunately, in that instance, selenium supplementation did little to help. However, another study found that selenium supplementation during pregnancy reduced hypothyroidism and inflammation. Yet another study found selenium supplementation decreases the negative effects of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

As you can see the potential of selenium as it relates to thyroid health is encouraging.

3. Anti-Aging Properties of Selenium

Free radical damage causes the cellular degeneration we know as aging. As a powerful antioxidant, selenium neutralizes the damaging effects of free radicals. One study revealed that selenium levels decline with age and low selenium contributes to cognitive decline in older adults. There is great interest in determining whether selenium supplementation can slow age-related mental impairment. Hopefully, we learn more soon.

4. Encourages Metal Detoxification

Metals are among the most toxic of pollutants. Effective ways to detoxify the body of toxic metals are few and far between. The good news? Data suggests that supplementing with organic (carbon-bound) selenium supports mercury excretion.

5. Cardiovascular Support

It’s clear that there is a relationship between selenium concentration and cardiovascular health. Some heart attack patients show low selenium levels and incidences of heart failure caused by selenium deficiency have been reported since as early as 1937. Not only is selenium itself important for cardiovascular support, it works with other nutrients such as vitamin E and beta-carotene to help promote normal cholesterol levels.

6. Reproductive Health

Selenium is critical for both male and female reproductive health. It enables sperm locomotion and a selenium deficiency can lead to male infertility. Studies have found that low selenium can also have a negative impact on female fertility and fetal growth.

7. Selenium and Cancer

Studies have observed a trend in which lower concentrations of selenium correlated with an increased risk of certain types of cancer. Although this is an interesting tidbit of information, it shouldn’t be interpreted as an implication that selenium is a treatment or method of prevention for cancer. While selenium has many benefits, there is not conclusive evidence to call it a viable treatment option.

Zinc

is necessary for many of the body’s processes and most people are chronically deficient in this vital mineral. It is an active agent in our body’s ability to metabolize food and nutrients. It is also involved with triggering over 100 differing internal enzymes required for many metabolic actions. Zinc is also crucial for the health of the human immune system. It aids growth through its role in protein building and synthesis, and is therefore particularly needed in pregnant and lactating women.

It also plays a role in the body’s ability to heal itself after an injury. Zinc supports your sense of smell and is commonly linked to healthy eyes, skin and hair. We must ensure that we get enough zinc in our diet, potentially from zinc supplements, as the body does not naturally have a zinc storage system.

There are many foods that contain zinc, our alternative in our drops or in our bottled water are no different and derive from these many foods.

Zinc Rich Foods 

Fact :

According to researchers at the Department of Dermatology at the University of California:

Zinc plays an essential role in numerous biochemical pathways: organ systems, including the integumentary, gastrointestinal, central nervous system, immune, skeletal, and reproductive systems… Zinc deficiency results in dysfunction of both humoral and cell-mediated immunity and increases the susceptibility to infection.

Without enough zinc present in your diet, it’s possible to experience negative reactions like frequently getting sick, feeling like you’re always tired and run down, poor concentration, stunted growth, and the inability to heal wounds