What is food mineral?

Minerals are inorganic elements that originate in the earth and cannot be made in the body. They play important roles in various bodily functions and are necessary to sustain life and maintain optimal health, and thus are essential nutrients.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Kashin-Beck disease

Selenium is an integral part of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which protects cells against oxidative damage by peroxide.

Selenium deficiency is closely related to that of vitamin E and adequate amounts of one of the nutrients can in part compensate for a lack of the other.

A selenium deficiency which is geographically distributed rather like the endemic area of Kashin-Beck disease was considered as a serious hypothesis of Kashin-Beck disease etiology.

Some experiments on mice revealed that a selenium deficient diet induced degeneration of the articular cartilage in the knee joints; and development of fibrocartilage at the articular surface of knee joints resembling the early stages of osteoarthritis.

Kashin-Beck disease happened to young people up to the age of 20 leading to painful swelling of joints. Selenium deficiency appears to be a causative factor, but low iodine intake and toxins or contaminants in food, coupled with a poor and unvaried diet probably contribute to this disease.
Kashin-Beck disease
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