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Selenium isn't something you will see on ingredient lists and for that reason perhaps its something you're unfamiliar with? But, you should be!
Selenium is an essential trace mineral, not an occasional vitamin. One you should have every day, just like vitamins A, C, D, E and zinc.
It does everything from boosting brain function and strengthening your immune system, to helping you to get pregnant. This is why we have included it in our Tonic Daily drink, but let's dive into top benefits and what foods are naturally high in it.
Selenium is a trace mineral that reduces oxidative stress, which is caused by drinking alcohol, stress, and unhealthy diets. By fighting off free radicals, selenium decreases inflammation and keeps your cells healthy, resulting in a stronger immune system.
Oxidative stress has been linked to a variety of chronic illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's. Selenium, along with other antioxidants like vitamin C and D, helps to keep free radicals in check and lowers your risk of these diseases.
Selenium plays a role in the onset and progression of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and multiple sclerosis. A Mediterranean diet rich in selenium-rich foods like nuts and seafood has been shown to decrease the risk of Alzheimer's.
Selenium is found in high concentrations in thyroid tissue, which controls the speed of your metabolism. When we talk about metabolism – it is not your metabolism for losing weight, but the metabolism of every single of your cells. You might have heard of older people having thyroid issues, but the thyroid is important for everyone independent of age. A deficiency in selenium can cause thyroid conditions like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that can cause your thyroid to not make enough thyroid hormone. Getting enough selenium helps to protect your thyroid and keeping it functioning well.
A 2016 review of 69 studies found that high levels of selenium in the blood could be linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer. While research is not conclusive, selenium's reputation for reducing oxidative stress and DNA damage makes it a potential cancer-fighter.
Studies show that selenium may play a role in both male and female fertility, improving semen quality and lowering the risk of miscarriage. It may also play a role in the health of the fluid surrounding women's eggs.
Selenium helps to combat inflammation and oxidative stress, which are major risk factors for atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up in your arteries. Keeping selenium high ensures cardiovascular health and a healthy heart.
Too much selenium can be toxic, but this simple chart from the National Institute of Health shows you how much you should take on a daily basis.
*mcg is the same as ug, both mean microgram.
It is important to note that selenium content of produce can vary depending on the soil it's grown in. Just like good wine 🍷
Keep an eye on our Instagram and TikTok for everything selenium. We’ll be looking at how to get it from your diet: yellow fin tuna, sardines, Brazil nuts and high selenium vegetables.
If you have questions, email Sunna on email@example.com.
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