Interesting Facts About Selenium
An Essential Trace Element

We talk more and more about it. The facts about selenium and the benefits of selenium are real...the only problem is the food sources of selenium...

Depending on where you live, the soil can contain a lot, a little or no selenium at all!

Let's Have A Look At The Facts About Selenium

  • It's a trace element essential to human
  • Selenium is vital to the functioning of glutathione peroxidase which is an enzyme that protects cell membranes against oxidation by free radicals
  • Selenium, along with other minerals, contribute to the chemical reactions which will enable antioxidants to do their work
  • Works with vitamin E to protect your cell membranes against oxidation caused by free radicals so it works as an antioxidant. See all the vitamin E benefits
  • It detoxifies metals that are toxic and that can be present in your body (arsenic, mercury)
  • Presents in large quantity in the testicles
  • The amount of selenium in foods depends directly on the areas from which they come
  • 200 mcg/day is ideal
  • Maximum tolerate intake, which means that you'll not suffer from side effects, is 400 mcg
  • If you take a supplement, make sure to take "selenomethionine" because of its bioavailibility. It will be better absorbed by your body
  • Vegeterian, make sure that you consume foods containing selenium or take a goog quality supplement

Selenium Benefits

  • It protects your cells
  • Helps to prevent many cancer such as prostate, colorectal and lung cancer
  • Helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases
  • It stimulates your immune system and helps to fight against infections
  • It acts as a general anti-inflammatory (and particularly for rheumatoid arthritis)

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Foods Containing Selenium

  • Brazil nuts (one Brazil nut contains about 55 mcg of selenium!)
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Whole grain cereals, brown rice
  • Dried Shiitake mushrooms
  • Animal products (pork, turkey, beef, lamb, ham)
  • Fish such as tuna, halibut, cod, redfish, swordfish, salmon
  • Seafood such as lobster, crab, clams, shrimps

As you can see, selenium benefits speak for themselves. You must now make sure to get the right amount of selenium!

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