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Selenium
Antioxidant . Anti-cancer
Minerals

Selenium

Our 15th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Trace element. Chemical symbol: Se. Name derived from the moon goddess Selene. Recently recognized as one of the most important nutrients in our diet. Possesses antioxidant benefits and vitally important in human metabolism. Proven to provide protection against a number of cancers and other diseases.


Functions/Benefits
Anti-oxidant. Prevents cancers. Maintains healthy eyes and eyesight. Maintains healthy skin (improves elasticity) and hair (counteracts dandruff). Protect against heart and circulatory diseases. Capable to detoxify alcohol, many drugs, heavy metals (mercury and cadmium), smoke, and some fats. Increases male potency and sex drive. Improves sperm motility. May be effective in reducing the effects of mercury. Help asthma. Enhance immune function.


Deficiency Symptoms
No specific symptoms, but deficiency can be the result of diets which are high in refined and processed foods.

Natural sources
Wheatgerm. Mushrooms. Bran. Tuna fish. Onions. Tomatoes. Broccoli. Kidneys. Wholewheat bread.

US RDA: 50-100mcg
EU RDA: 10-75mcg
Supplements up to 50-200mcg with vitamin E is recommended.
If using inorganic selenium, avoid taking with vitamin C. Reaction with vitamin C may decrease the absorption of selenium in our bodies. (However, this is not the case for organic selenium).

Toxicity
Toxic in large doses. Beware of fragile or blackened fingernails, or garlic odor on skin and breath. May contribute to hair loss and abnormal growth of fingernails. Daily intake should NOT exceed 450 mcg unless medically supervised.

 

 


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