Food Sources of Selenium:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Chicken
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Dairy products
  • Dulse
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Kelp
  • Liver
  • Molasses
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Organ meats
  • Oysters
  • Nuts
  • Salmon
  • Seafood
  • Sesame seeds
  • Torula yeast
  • Tuna
  • Vegetables
  • Wheat bran & germ
  • Whole grains  

Herb Sources of Selenium:  

  • Alfalfa
  • Burdock root
  • Catnip
  • Cayenne
  • Chamomile
  • Chickweed
  • Fennel seed
  • Fenugreek
  • Garlic
  • Ginseng
  • Hawthorn berry
  • Hops
  • Horsetail
  • Lemongrass
  • Milk thistle
  • Nettle
  • Oat straw
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Raspberry leaf
  • Rose hips
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Uva ursi
  • Yarrow
  • Yellow dock  

Other Sources of Selenium – Brand Names:

  • Sele-Pak
  • Selepen
  • Selenious Acid (injectable)
  • Immuplex (Standard Process Labs)
  • Cataplex E (I sell lots of this–it appears to be a very good product) 

Signs of Selenium Deficiency:

  • Aging skin
  • Associated with exhaustion
  • Chest pains
  • Hair loss
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Impaired growth
  • Infections
  • Linked to cancer
  • Linked to heart disease
  • Liver impairment
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Reduced immune activity
  • Sterility  

Health Concerns – What Selenium is used for

  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cancer risk reduction
  • Hypothyroidism
  • HIV support
  • Macular degeneration
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s disease
  • Pap smear (abnormal)
  • Retinopathy (combined with vitamin A and vitamin E)  

What Selenium Does

  • Alleviates hot flushes and symptoms of menopause
  • Can detoxify alcohol, many drugs, smoking, and some fats
  • Helps treat dandruff
  • Improves liver function
  • Increases male potency and sex drive
  • Maintains good skin
  • Maintains healthy eyes and eyesight
  • Maintains healthy hair
  • May work to impede the aging process
  • Needed for pancreatic function
  • Needed for tissue elasticity
  • Needed to activate thyroid hormones
  • Prevents many cancers
  • Protects against heart and circulatory diseases
  • Protects the body from free radical damage and heavy metal toxicity
  • Stimulates immune system
  • Useful addition to the treatment of arthritis  

Cautions & Comments About Selenium:  

  • Selenium can be toxic in very small doses
  • Selenium supplementation should be taken with vitamin E to ensure that selenium works most efficiently.
  • Symptoms of excess include blackened fingernails and a garlic-like odor on the breath and skin
  • Take no more than 500 mcg. daily unless supervised by a registered practitioner.  

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