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Selenium is an essential trace mineral. This means your body must get this mineral in the food you eat. Small amounts of selenium are good for your health.
Selenium is a trace mineral. The body only needs it in small amounts.
Selenium helps the body with:
Some medical studies suggest that selenium may help with the following conditions, but more studies are needed:
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