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Supplement Selenium to Stay Healthy

Supplement Selenium to Stay Healthy

Tuesday, October 17th 2006

A study recently came out reporting that this essential mineral on its own doesn't prevent heart disease. That's what the headlines focused on, but the real story was much more positive.

Selenium - significant cancer fighter

Selenium appears to be a significant cancer fighter. In fact, that was the actual point of the study - to determine how well selenium worked in the battle against cancer. The results were stellar: After more than seven years of taking daily 200-microgram selenium supplements, participants enjoyed a much lower risk of several cancers (compared to the subjects who got the placebo). Like 26 percent fewer cases of lung cancer, 52 percent fewer cases of prostate cancer, 54 percent fewer cases of colorectal cancer, and 41 percent fewer overall cancer deaths.

Other studies have indicated that selenium deficiencies may contribute to blood vessel damage brought on by oxidative stress, a condition causing structural damage to cells. Selenium's antioxidant powers help prevent that oxidative stress - particularly when it's consumed along with other nutrients like vitamins C, E and B3.

Selenium helps thyroid function

Selenium is also critical for optimal thyroid function. This mineral not only helps the thyroid gland fulfil its hormone-producing responsibilities, it also makes sure that the right amount of hormones are produced. Low levels of selenium have also been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, and studies are under way to see if selenium supplements can help treat this extremely painful condition.

Dosage

The current RDA for selenium (for adults) is 55 micrograms (mcg), but studies put the cancer-preventing dose at 200mcg daily. Apparently some of the best sources are seafoods - just 11 gm of shrimp, cold, snapper, or halibut should provide over 50mcg of Selenium. The mineral is also abundant in roasted turkey bread, dried sunflower seeds, rye and barley. The current NZ Dietary Supplement Regulations 1985 sets the limit for Selenium at 150mcg per daily dose.

Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2006 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:

CoQ10 300mg + Vitamin D3
Resveratrol Age Defence
AstaSupreme
Acai
Opti CoQ10 150mg
Enzogenol 120mg
Enzogenol High Potency with ACE and Selenium
Enzogenol with ACE and Selenium
Family C - 150gm
L-Glutathione
Mineral Power
Selenium
Vitamin E
Vitamin E 500 IU Gelatine Free

Related health information can be found here:

Antioxidants
Arteriosclerosis
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Cancer
Emphysema
Immunity
Prostate
Stress
Stroke
Thyroid

Related articles can be found here:

Bilberry - a major antioxidant for the brain and eyes
Minerals - the First Step to Well-being
Pau d'Arco inner bark - anti-fungal, anti-cancer
Selenium
Selenium Boosted In Cancer War

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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