Selenium is a vital antioxidant: it acts together with vitamin E to protect the immune system and maintain healthy heart function. It is needed for pancreatic function and tissue elasticity.
It has been shown to protect against radiation and toxic minerals, which is very important in our contaminated world.
High levels of heart disease have been associated with selenium-deficient soil in Finland and a tendency to fibrotic heart lesions has been associated with selenium deficiency in some parts of China.
The best sources of selenium are Brazil nuts, organ meats, fatty fish, and whole grains (grown in selenium-rich soil).
How much selenium do you need?
The recommended intake for selenium is 55 mcg per day for adults. It is easily reached with a healthy diet.
However, it’s good to note that most selenium is to be found in animal products: meat, organ meats, as well as fish and seafood.
So, if you are vegetarian, your best bet is to eat whole grains like wheat, oats, barley and rye, then shitake, a few Brazil nuts, and a few eggs.
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