A new blog..... Selenium
Selenium, many researchers now believe this could prove to be one of the most important disease-fighting nutrients………
A trace mineral essential for many body processes, selenium is found in soil. Soil with low levels of selenium, such as in the UK, produce food containing relatively low levels of the nutrient making supplementation essential. Consistent intakes below the recommended amount could lead to higher incidences of cancer, heart disease, immune problems and inflammatory conditions. Research suggests that antibody synthesis increases up to 30 fold if supplements of selenium and vitamin E, which work together as powerful antioxidants protecting cells, are taken.
Selenium has received a great deal of attention for its role in combating cancer. In a study involving over 1300 people, those receiving 200mcg selenium a day had a 52% lower risk of cancer death compared to those receiving the placebo. Studies of cancer patients reveal that people with the lowest blood levels of selenium developed more tumours and had a higher rate of disease recurrence, a greater risk of cancer spreading and a shorter overall survival rate than those with high selenium levels. In addition, selenium protects the heart by reducing the risk of clotting and therefore heart attack and stroke. It can also increase the ration of good cholesterol to bad.
Brazil nuts are the richest dietary source of selenium, along with offal, seafood wholegrains and certain vegetables (although the amount of selenium depends on the soil for these).
Recommended daily dose 100mcg to 200mcg, not exceeding 300mcg.