Selenium is one of the most important minerals for the immune system and the liver to function at optimum level.
People with inadequate levels of selenium in their diet are more susceptible to infections and also recover more slowly from infections. This is because it is easier for a virus to replicate in the body of those with depleted selenium levels. You are also more likely to become fatigued and be at risk of thyroid problems, allergies and autoimmune disease.
The benefits of selenium
- Selenium plays a part in protecting the nucleus which contains our DNA.
- It helps to detoxify the liver as it is required for the production of glutathione an antioxidant enzyme.
- It supports the immune system(1).
- It is believed to help fight cancer cells.
- It helps to reduce autoimmune disease.
How to get selenium from foods
The selenium content in food is directly related to the amount of selenium in the soil that it has grown in. At one time soils were rich in minerals, however, nowadays many soils are depleted and no longer contain enough nutrients. For example a single Brazil nut from one region provided up to 288% of the daily recommended intake while others provided only 11%. Another factor is that much of the food we consume has been grown with pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
The most abundant natural source of selenium is Brazil nuts, it can also be found in organ meats, seafoods, whole-grains, brewer’s yeast, garlic, kelp, molasses, onions and some medical mushrooms. Try to buy organic where possible.
You can find selenium in supplement form, Rejuvenated’s Immune Complex contains selenium. It is a blend of ingredients that has been created to support the immune system. The supplement is also combined with beta glucans, cordyceps mushrooms, açai berry, elderberry, vitamin C, D and zinc. Discover more here.