How it helps
■ An antioxidant that helps protect the body from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals (believed to contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.)
■ Plays a role in regulating thyroid function and keeping the immune system healthy.
■ Helps in pancreatic function.
Where selenium can be found
Meat and grains, brazil nuts, broccoli, brown rice, brewers yeast, liver, onions, salmon, seafood, yeast, tuna, wheat germ and whole grains.
What are the signs of deficiency?
Exhaustion, growth impairment, infections and liver impairment.
■ When combined with vitamin E and zinc it can help enlarged prostate problems.
■ The soil of North America is fairly low in selenium content.
■ In New Zealand, the levels of selenium in the soil were so low
that the cattle suffered muscle breakdown that resulted in death.
Vitamins and Minerals: A Self-Hep Guide
This book provides a simple overview of the common vitamins and minerals available to help you supplement your diet when appropriate.
The information within this book is basic and does not claim to provide in any way comprehensive information of the subject matter but hopefully it can point you in the right direction when you need more information. All the information has come primarily from the government and authoritative bodies recommending daily intakes and pinpointing the limits of dosages per day. Experts in the field have tried to make the information easy to follow in this book.