Selenium - Vital to Good Health

"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some unique way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."  

Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.

Selenium....Vital to good health because it is an essential mineral that the body needs for various important functions.

It acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Selenium is also important for thyroid function, immune system health, and reproduction.

It has been linked to a reduced risk of certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer

Including selenium rich foods in your diet can help ensure you are getting enough of this important mineral for overall health and well-being.

Why should we take Selenium?

We should take Selenium because it is an important trace mineral (an antioxidant mineral) and is part of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which is involved in protecting the body tissues against free-radical damage.

  • Selenium regulates the production of prostaglandins.
  • It is a vital antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E.
  • It helps prevent cell mutations that lead to cancer.
  • Selenium is an anti-oxidant and without antioxidants, many of us would be prey to numerous infections and possibly even cancer.
  • Although our bodies produce their own antioxidants, we also need to boost our defenses by eating foods that contain them, such as garlic

What is Selenium Good For?

  • Every cell in the body contains this mineral as a critical part of its anti-oxidant, cleaning, detoxifying system.
  • There is a strong belief that HIV causes AIDS by draining this miracle out of the body.
  • Having sufficient levels can help prevent many viral infections from taking hold in the first place.
  • Its presence in the body is essential for healthy hair and skin and
  • A deficiency can affect the operation of the "boss" of all glands namely the thyroid.
  • And why is this important? Because active thyroid hormone directly stimulates the production of CD4 cells in the blood, boosting immunity and health.
  • Without this mineral (found in many foods including avocado pears) normal growth and fertility would not occur, the liver will not function properly, and important hormone production would not take place.
  • Should you be a diabetic, it improves circulation and helps prevent and heal sores and maintain normal eyesight.

Zinc and Selenium for Alzheimer's

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  • Supplementation has been found to protect the liver in people with alcoholic cirrhosis.
  • It has shown promise in the treatment of arthritis and high blood pressure.

  • There is some evidence to suggest that low levels of zinc and selenium tend to occur with Alzheimer's patients.
  • A little of this "stuff" goes a long way and is believed to be especially beneficial to asthma sufferers.
  • This trace mineral is needed for pancreatic function.
  • When combined with Vitamin E it may also provide relief from an enlarged prostate

Foods High in Selenium.

You don't really need to take supplementary pills to get enough of the compound.

Each of the following foods can easily add up to a good-mood dose.

  • Brazil nuts (the only truly concentrated natural source)
  • puffed wheat
  • tuna
  • sunflower seeds
  • cooked oysters
  • chicken livers,
  • wheat flour
  • clams
  • avocado pears
  • eggs
  • butter
  • citrus fruit
  • shellfish especially lobster that is the richest in selenium.
  • brewers Yeast

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Herbs that Contain this "Miracle Mineral".

  • peppermint
  • sarsaparilla
  • yarrow
  • yellow dock


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