August 01, 2015
Selenium is an important trace mineral, but it was first recognised as a toxic trace element in the 1930’s when plants with a high selenium content were eaten by livestock causing hair loss and blind staggers. Research shows that it prevents liver necrosis in vitamin E-deficient rates, and prevents diseases in domestic animals, such as white muscle disease in cattle and sheep, hepatosis dietetica in swine, and exudative diathesis in poultry.
The possible benefits of selenium include:
Selenium works on the body by forming within the body a selenoprotein, there are 25 in the body and are involved in a variety of processes such as:
The fine balance with selenium is important because too much can lead to loss of hair and nails, as well as affecting the skin, nervous system, and teeth. Garlic odour on the breath is a sign of over exposure.
Dietary intake varies with geographic source of the food and eating habits. The amount in plant (vegetables) is determined by the amount in soil because this is where the plant gets its selenium from, an over production of soil (over use) uses up the selenium supply and without letting the soil rest the mineral content will be depleted. Garlic, mushrooms and broccoli have an ability to accumulate selenium from the soil.
Brazil nuts are an exceptionally good source of Selenium. Fish and organ meats are the richest sources, then muscle meats, cereals and grains, dairy products. Fruits and vegetables are mostly poor sources.
Great Britain is a nation that has become deficient in selenium; in fact it is one of the most common minerals I prescribe. To protect against cancer selenium levels should be > 1.50 µmol/L, for optimal health in the range of >1.00-1.20 µmol/L, below 1.00µmol/L it could be classed as deficient. Before 1990 in Great Britain the selenium intake was 60 µg/day, which corresponded to 1.25-1.52 µmol/L, however after 1990 selenium intake is 29-39 µg/day, which corresponded to a 0.78-1.00 µmol/L, and is now deficient.
Therefore to protect against cancer, improve hormonal and immune system function and increase your antioxidant defences get eating selenium rich foods.
You can get your selenium here.
April 01, 2018
January 02, 2018
December 11, 2017
Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more …