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Friday, July 1st 2005

Deficient in New Zealand soils and worse in the South Island

Selenium is a potent antioxidant and can enhance the immune system. This mineral appears to have a direct impact on carcinomas of the lung, prostate and colon. Deficiencies are associated with heart problems and an increased risk of cancer.

A study, carried out at the Arizona Cancer Centre at the University of Arizona recorded how selenium warded off a slew of cancers. During 4.5 years, extra selenium reduced prostate cancer risk by 63 percent, colorectal cancer risk by about 58 percent and lung cancers by 46 percent. Selenium has been shown to play a key role in iodine metabolism and in the function of the body's thyroid gland. New Zealand has some of the highest cancer rates internationally. Could our low selenium levels be one of the causes?

These Selenium tablets contain 150mcg of easily absorbed L-selenomethionine per tablet.

Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful Natural Antioxidants:

Astaxanthin Advanced Immune Support
CoQ10 300mg + Vitamin D3
Enzogenol High Potency with ACE and Selenium
Enzogenol 120mg
Green Tea
Vitamin E
Resveratrol Age Defence

Related health information can be found here:

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Fish oils, garlic and antioxidants for the prevention & treatment of cardiovascular disease
Vitamin C is essential for fighting infections, wound healing and coping with stress

Related articles can be found here:

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New Advances With CoQ10
New Zealanders Need Zinc
Pau d'Arco inner bark - anti-fungal, anti-cancer

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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