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Potential Benefits: A major antioxidant nutrient, protects cell membranes and prevents free radical generation thereby decreasing the risk of cancer and disease of the heart and blood vessels. Medical surveys show that increased Selenium intake decreases the risk of breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer.

Selenium also preserves tissue elasticity; slows down the aging and hardening of tissues through oxidation; helps in the treatment and prevention of dandruff. Selenium has also been shown to help and even prevent asthma attacks if taken regularly.

Description: Selenium is an essential trace element in human nutrition involved in the defence against the toxicity of reactive oxygen species, also in the regulation of thyroid hormone metabolism, and the regulation of the oxidation state of cells.


Potential Side Effects: It is advised to exercise caution with consumption of brazil nuts, as the Selenium intake may reach to toxic level. Symptoms include fatigue, hair loss, blotchy nails

Potential Interaction: Although Selenium and Vitamin E work together synergistically in that they carry out antioxidant and immuno-stimulating functions, they compete with each other on a biochemical level, where increasing the one requires an increase of the other, otherwise ratio problems occur. The same effect happens to Vitamin E when higher amounts of Vitamin C are supplemented, despite both being antioxidants.

General Usage: May be taken daily.

Food Sources: Brazil Nuts, Brewer's Yeast, Cashew Nuts, Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, Corn, Cottage Cheese, Dandelion, Dark Green Leafy Vegetables, Eggs, Fish, Garlic, Kidney, Lentils, Liver, Noodles, Oats, Onions, Pasta, Peanuts, Pork, Red meat, Rice, Shellfish, Spinach, Sunflower Seeds, Tuna, Turkey, Walnuts, Wheat, Wheat Germ, and Whole Grains.