Selenium, while little known by the public, is a well-studied element. It is involved as a catalyst in several important enzymes. The most well-known function is in the liver where selenium catalyzes or activates the glutathione peroxidase enzyme. This enzyme plays its most significant role in the liver as it cleanses the blood. Without it, the liver could not do its job properly leaving our system full of toxins.
Selenium plays an important role in the thyroid where, along with Iodine, it catalyzes the T4 and T3 enzymes which are critical for energy production. Along with the thyroid, Selenium is also found in sizable amounts in healthy breast and prostate tissues.
The body uses Selenium and Iodine for removing heavy metals, the biggest concern being mercury. Silver fillings are at least 50% mercury, a deadly neurotoxin that has been banned in most public dumps. Constant exposure to the mercury from decomposing fillings is being dealt with by the body, which consequently puts the body in a depleted state of Selenium and Iodine.
Selenium is not widespread in the earth’s soils. Consequently, the ability to obtain Selenium in our foods on a regular basis is difficult at best. Supplementation is the best way to insure a steady supply and a steady supply is essential for optimal health.
Supplementing with Selenium helps to support a healthy immune system, thyroid and liver function, and breast and prostate tissues.
Fatigue, hair loss, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, low immune response.
Food High in Selenium:
Seaweeds, shellfish and ocean fish. Nuts, legumes and vegetables grown in selenium replete soils, which is very difficult to verify.
Obtaining the needed minerals via the food we eat is a chronic problem today. This is primarily due to our deficient soils and over processing and over cooking of our foods. Drinking ultra-purified water can also strip our body of these essential minerals. It is important to be aware of the fact that reverse osmosis and distilled water will actually act in reverse of what nature intended our water to do. Instead of being a mineral delivery system, the minerals are taken out of the water and this puts additional stress on the body tissue to compensate for the lack of minerals in the water. The minerals must then be taken from our healthy reserves in bone and muscle, thus leaving our system deficient and vulnerable. Replacement is essential!
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