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Selenium’s main function is to prevent the oxidation of lipids (fats).
It’s a vital antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E.
It protects your immune system by preventing the formation of free radicals which can damage your body.
Selenium has also been found to help prevent against the formation of certain types of tumors.
One study found men who took 200 mcg of selenium daily over a 10-year period had roughly half the risk of developing lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer as compared with men who did not.
Selenium and vitamin E act together to make antibodies and to help maintain a healthy heart and liver.
This trace element is needed for pancreatic function and tissue elasticity.
When combined with vitamin E and zinc, it may also give relief from an enlarged prostate.
Selenium supplementation has been found to protect the liver in people with alcoholic cirrhosis.
Some studies have shown taking supplemental selenium may enhance the survival of people with AIDS by increasing both red and white blood cell counts.
It’s shown promise in the treatment of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, male infertility, cataracts, AIDS, and high blood pressure.
For very sick people in the intensive care unit, selenium appears to reduce mortality rates.
In one study, the death rate was 14% lower in those getting a high dose of selenium (1,000 mcg a day).
Selenium deficiency has been linked to cancer and heart disease.
It’s also been associated with exhaustion, growth impairment, high cholesterol levels, infections, liver impairment, pancreatic insufficiency, and sterility.
There’s some thought selenium deficiency might be linked to a host of viral outbreaks, from new strains of influenza to Ebola, because of the rapidly mutating virus’s interactions with selenium-deficient hosts in places like Africa and China where there’s little or no selenium in the soil.
Some have found selenium to be related to cognitive function.
One study found lower selenium content in fingernails was related to poorer cognitive function in a group of elderly Chinese.
This finding supports the hypothesis that a lifelong low selenium level is associated with lower cognition.
Selenium can be found in meat and grains, depending on the selenium content of the soil where it’s raised.
The soil of much American farmland is low in selenium, resulting in selenium-deficient produce.
Selenium can be found in Brazil nuts (the only truly concentrated natural source), brewer’s yeast, broccoli, brown rice, chicken, dairy products, dulse, garlic, kelp, liver, molasses, onions, salmon, seafood, torula yeast, tuna, vegetables, wheat germ, and whole grains.
Herbs containing selenium include alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, fennel seed, fenugreek, garlic, ginseng, hawthorn berry, hops, lemongrass, milk thistle, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, rose hips, sarsaparilla, uva ursi, yarrow, and yellow dock.
The typical dietary intake of selenium is 80-150 mcg.
Taking up to 200 mcg per day is considered safe for most people.
This is half the maximum allowable dose.
Symptoms of selenosis (excessively high selenium levels) include arthritis, brittle nails, garlicky breath, gastrointestinal disorders, hair loss, irritability, liver and kidney impairment, a metallic taste in the mouth, pallor, skin eruptions, tooth loss, and yellowish skin.
Unless your health care provider prescribes it, do not take more than 400 mcg daily.
One ounce of Brazilian nuts can contain as much as 544 mcg of selenium.
If you take supplemental selenium, don’t eat Brazil nuts.
If you’re pregnant, you should not take more than 40 mcg of supplemental selenium daily, nor should you eat Brazil nuts.
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