Although selenium has been around from the beginning of time and was officially discovered in 1817, it wasn’t until the 1990s when it was first recognized as an essential trace mineral necessary for the body to be healthy. Today we are much more aware of this very important trace mineral and its importance in the body. Selenium:
1. Works synergistically with Vitamin E.
2. Helps to regulate male and female hormones.
3. Protects against exposure to harmful heavy metals such as mercury.
4. Enhances the immune system.
5. Helps the body produce glutathione which is an essential antioxidant.
6. Reduces the risk of cancer.
In fact, science has dubbed selenium the anti-cancer nutrient. That’s because there have been so many studies that have found that in areas where selenium is plentiful in the soil and the water the cancer rates are significantly lower, and in areas where selenium is missing or barely present the cancer rates are significantly higher.
In males with low levels of selenium, they are more likely to have prostate cancer. In menopausal females, if you increase your levels of selenium you can reduce menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and it can also make your skin so much more youthful.
1. You have dandruff.
2. You have dry skin.
3. You have fatigue.
4. You have developed cataracts.
So what are good sources of selenium? Most red meats, liver, kidney, and seafood have selenium, nuts, as well as fruits, vegetables, and unrefined grains, if all grown in soil rich in selenium.
The current recommended dietary allowance for selenium is 10mcg for infants, 20 mcg for children, 70 mcg for men, 55 mcg for women, 65 mcg for pregnant women, and 75 mg for lactating women.
One might think they should get enough selenium in their diet but that’s not necessarily true, and so the best thing is to take a selenium supplement. You should always choose liquid ionic minerals whenever possible. That’s because liquid minerals are water-based and so the absorption rate is nearly 100%, but when you take selenium in a pill form the absorption is 25% or less. That’s significant! You want to get the most from your supplement and so taking a liquid mineral supplement will ensure that.
If you’re thinking “I probably don’t need it,” you should think again. On top of what we already mentioned there are many more benefits to ensuring that you have adequate selenium in your body.
Just tiny amounts of selenium in your diet reduce your likelihood of developing degenerative conditions like cardiovascular disease, inflammatory diseases, and neurological diseases. Selenium slows down the aging process, keeps the skin looking younger, and reduces the likelihood of infection.
Selenium also reduces the likelihood of breast cancer by as much as 50%. Research showed that those who took 200 mcg of selenium for 4 years reduced their risk of cancer by 32% and their risk of dying from cancer by 50%. Studies also show that colorectal, lung, skin, and prostate cancer are all reduced when adequate selenium is in the body. Selenium is a super-powerful antioxidant!
One word of caution, however. More is not necessarily better with selenium. Daily doses that are more than 400 mcg should be avoided as they can be toxic. The form of selenium you use is very important. Liquid ionic minerals are the far less likely to become toxic because they are in a form your body is better able to deal with.
There are several essential trace minerals that the body needs and without them, your health will suffer even if you aren’t aware of it. Many times the signs are very subtle until later when cancer or some other serious disease shows its ugly face.
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