Selenium is an essential trace mineral that has been shown to stabilize mood swings and lift your spirits. Human breast milk has 6 times more selenium than cow’s milk. Selenium intake has been shown to be low in many of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, & Norway) as well as in the USA.
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant, slows down the metabolism of cancer cells, enhances the immune system, helps regulate thyroid hormone levels, & aids the body in killing candida albicans infections. Selenium reduces the incidence of dental caries, dandruff, arthritis, eczema & psoriasis. People who eat food from selenium rich soils have less risk of developing cancer. Canadian researchers found this to be true concerning cancers of the organs that come into direct contact with selenium rich foods (mouth, throat, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, kidney & bladder) (Can Med Assoc J 69;100:682).
Natural food sources of selenium are generally in high protein foods, but vary depending on the area where it was produced. In many research studies, beef raised in South Dakota (USA) was high in selenium due to the high content of selenium in the soil. Whereas, beef from New Zealand & many parts of the USA showed a low selenium content.
It is important to note that selenium is a trace mineral that CAN be toxic. The Recommended Daily Allowance for selenium is 70 mcg/day for men & 55 mcg/day for women. A good Real Food sourced vitamin/mineral supplement is recommended.
12 Sources of Selenium in Food
1. Brazil nuts (1 ounce provides 300-860 mcg)
2. Brewers Yeast
3. Cashew nuts
4. Sunflower seeds
6. Organic pasture raised chicken & eggs
8. Dairy products