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.
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
No specific symptoms, but deficiency can
be the result of diets which are high in
refined and processed foods.
Wheatgerm. Mushrooms. Bran. Tuna fish. Onions.
Tomatoes. Broccoli. Kidneys. Wholewheat
US RDA: 50-100mcg
EU RDA: 10-75mcg
Supplements up to 50-200mcg with vitamin
E is recommended.
If using inorganic selenium, avoid taking
C. Reaction with vitamin C may decrease
the absorption of selenium in our bodies.
(However, this is not the case for organic
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