It is a mineral that is found in the soil. Selenium naturally appears in the water and some foods, the amount though is dependent on the richness of there being any selenium in the soil.
Selenium is the most important mineral for our immune system.
Selenium is a dietary-essential trace mineral that is critical to the body’s defence against cancer and other illnesses involving free radicals.
1996 was a landmark year, for a study that was performed on a large group of people, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 1996: 276 : 1957-1963). That a daily supplementation of 200 micrograms of selenium cuts the cancer death rate in half. Also reduces:
Lung cancer by 39%
Prostate cancer by 69%
Colon cancer by 64%
Hepatocellular carcinoma (Liver cancer) by 35%
Breast cancer by 82%
Selenium is like a mechanical worker that repairs cells. It goes into the inner part of the cell which is called the nucleus of the cell where you have your DNA and genome and it searches and repairs damage. Selenium contains an enzyme called Glutathione which is the most powerful antioxidant in the body. Glutathione are like foot soldiers of the body’s antioxidant network. It destroys peroxides (the toxins) and so protect cellular membranes and so maintain its function.
Selenium also has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral effects. It reduces the ability for the virus to replicate. So it’s good for people with allergies, autoimmune disease, thyroid problems, wart, hay fever.
It also dilates the arteries, which will stop a person from getting a heart attack.
You can get selenium in liver, which is good source. I would prefer to supplement.
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