Friday, May 15, 2009


Selenium is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes. The antioxidant properties of selenoproteins help prevent cellular damage from free radicals. Free radicals are natural by-products of oxygen metabolism that may contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Other selenoproteins help regulate thyroid function and play a role in the immune system

Possible Selenium Deficiency Signs:
• Fatigue
• Irritability
• High blood pressure
• Low sperm count
• Premature aging
• Unhealthy hair, nails and teeth
• Infertility

Foods High in Selenium:
• Brazil nuts - dried, unblanched (highest source, but not suggested for Blood type A)
• Grains
• Fish
• Bran
• Broccoli
• Onions
• Tomatoes
• Asparagus
• Mushrooms
• Eggs

Herbs High in Selenium:
• Hibiscus Flower
• Catnip
• Yerba Santa
• Ho Shou Wu
• Milk Thistle

Uses of Selenium in the Body:
• Antioxidant
• Cardiovascular health -- low levels are present in cardiovascular disease
• Tissue elasticity
• Reduces retention of toxic metals

Clinical Uses of Selenium:
• Cancer
• Antioxidant
• Beneficial for Kwashiorkor disease (a protein deficiency disorder)

The body only requires trace amounts of Selenium.  The liver and kidneys hold most of the body's Selenium supply. People with iodine deficiency may also benefit from selenium supplementation. Selenium is especially beneficial for those who use computers or who sit in an EMF environment. 


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