Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace element that is important in proper immune system functioning and in free radical control. The body only needs a small amount. Nevertheless, the Selenium mineral is an essential mineral which the body requires on a daily basis.

Functionality:

Selenium enhances the immune system and protects against heart weakness and degeneration. It is crucial for optimal health and detoxification. Selenium is required for the production of thyroid hormones.

Deficiency Diseases:
Malabsorption, but that too is rare.

Overdose Disease: Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea

Deficiency Symptoms:
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Nerve degeneration
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Arthritis
  • Anemia and a dry, scaly scalp
Rich Sources:

Red meat, Chicken, Turkey, Liver, Fish, Shellfish, dark Green leafy vegetables, Whole grains, Eggs, Onions, Brazil nuts, Walnuts, Brewer's yeast, Wheat germ, Pasta, Noodles, Rice, Cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese and Garlic are all good selenium sources.

Important for:
  • Protection of eyes from cataracts
  • Heart from muscle damage
  • Antioxidant
  • Reducing cancer risk
Best Suitable Composition:

Selenium should always be taken with vitamins E, A and beta-carotene, and it is preferable when taking a supplement to take selenium in the form of selenocysteine or selenomethionine, which are both organic.

Recommended Daily Intake:
  • Men & Women: 70 mg