Nutrition Articles




Selenium Deficiency Linked To Many Diseases

Selenium is a vitally needed nutrient that helps your body remain healthy. Selenium deficiency can cause hypothyroidism or low thyroid. Five times as many women as men suffer from this condition, which is reaching epidemic proportions in the USA. Low thyroid is also caused by lack of natural iodine in the thyroid gland. If you eat a Brazil nut everyday (it contains the most selenium of any food), and eat some dried seaweeds like dulse, kombu, or wakame, you'll be giving your thyroid exactly what it needs to heal itself. Pass this information along to your women friends.

Selenium also binds with toxic metals, such as lead and mercury, and removes them from the body. It deactivates a whole host of viruses. Premature aging, heart disease, arthriis, and multiple sclerosis are frequently linked to selenium deficiency. Selenium also helps maintain the health of hair, nails, muscles, and red blood cells. It is believed to reduce the risks of cancer. Selenium helps the immune system remain strong and alert. Additionally, selenium helps to heal inflammatory conditions in the body.

However, there is a warning, a caveat, you should know about selenium. The best way to give your body the selenium it needs, is through natural foods and NOT through supplements. I eat a Brazil nut every day, precisely because it contains the selenium my body needs. Selenium is also found in garlic, onions, broccoli, cabbage, mushrooms, and whole grains. I suggest you phase out your selenium supplements, and replace them with some of the natural whole foods mentioned above. Lots of supplements are good for you, but there are many questions about the wisdom of taking selenium in tablet form. So get yourself some Brazil nuts. They're delicious!