The essential trace element selenium plays an important role when it comes to fertility – in both men and women. Therefore, if you are thinking about fertility treatment, selenium should definitely be included in the therapy. Because of the poor soil quality, many Central Europeans suffer from a selenium deficiency. If the desired pregnancy occurs, selenium can also prevent complications during pregnancy and developmental disorders in the unborn child.
Autor: Dr. med. W. Tönnes
Selenium for female fertility
Selenium is one of the strongest antioxidants and is needed in the body for the function of important enzymes or proteins (e.g. glutathione peroxidase, a strongly detoxifying enzyme, or the tumour-protective selenoproteins).
Therefore, selenium is enormously important in all areas of health prevention – whether it is cardiovascular disease, cancer or whatever.
Its antioxidant properties are also what make selenium so important for the female reproductive organs, as a team of researchers from the Australian University of Adelaide discovered.
Prof. Hugh Harris and his colleagues investigated where exactly in the ovary selenium and the selenoprotein GPX1 are found.
The two substances were particularly abundant in large healthy egg follicles. The egg follicles are responsible for the production of eggs.
According to the Australian scientists, selenium and GPX1 created a healthy and pure environment for the egg by eliminating potentially harmful free radicals.
In those eggs that actually produced a pregnancy, the activity of GPX1 was up to twice as high as in other cells.
So it seems that the better a woman is supplied with selenium, the more likely she is to become pregnant.
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