Essential Selenium Trace Element – Absent in Foods Today

Selenium is a trace element required by the body to synthesize the potent protective antioxidant enzyme glutathione. By itself protects cells from cancer, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, radiation and other free radical damage.

TCM, the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine, believes that we are all deficient in it and for good reason.

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In the good old days, crops in fields were rotated each and every year. When fields were not growing crops, other crops called 'cover crops' were planted. These crops helps to restore and boost nutrients (like selenium) and nitrogen levels in the soil and are essential for the growth and nutritional value of foods grown there. But that's not how it is now!

Today, selenium is totally absent in the soil. It's been removed by years and years of flooding the soil with toxic pesticides and chemical fertilizers used by our farmers Monsanto. Two thirds of the 'cultivable' land around the world is devoid of it, so food grown in such soil is lacking this trace element. However, it is vital and necessary for good health!

Benefits of Selenium Supplements

Selenium protects against viral infections, pollutions, and various forms of cancer. It also helps detoxify your body against smoke, pollution, drugs, (of any kind which includes prescription!), and frequent alcohol use. It also helps regulate normal thyroid function and plays a role in our immunity. Lack of selenium may lead to changes in fingernails, muscle weakness, and heart problems.

This unique supplement works in unison with Vitamin E also, which in turn helps selenium form Glutathione in the liver. It is also necessary for good immune function.

In one study, researchers looked at dietary intakes among the people of China, living in different regions. They found that there was a very strong connection between low levels and increased cancer levels. Other studies have shown that people with low blood levels of selenium and vitamin E are significantly more likely to develop cancer.


Your body need only traces of this mineral a day. An adult daily dosage of 200 - 400 mcg, (micrograms), is all you'll need.

Yet another perk of this trace mineral is that it's still pretty darn cheap to buy, compared to other supplements! So there's no reason to NOT take it to help fight cancer and boost your immunity!

Recommended Dosage by Age

0 - 6 mths.  - 45mcg.
7 - 12 mths. - 60mcg.
1 - 3 years - 90mcg.
4 - 8 years - 150mcg.
9 - 13 years - 280mcg.
14 - 18 years - 400mcg.
19 years + - 400mcg.


Arthritis and diabetes are reported to be associated with selenium deficiencies. Gastrointestinal problems, such as Crohn’s disease, or surgical removal of part of the stomach or intestines can lead to a deficiency.

Some folks in the medical community disagree over where the deficiencies are greatest. Some claim that one of the most deficient regions in the world is the Great Lakes area, naming Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio. Another source cites that the deficiencies are greatest in the Carolina’s and the Georgia belt states. However, they do agree that the soils in the high plains of northern Nebraska and the Dakotas have very high levels of this trace element. People living in those regions generally have the highest selenium intakes and the best health in the United States.

However, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, everyone is deficient. That's why it should be an essential part of daily vitamin intake. It really is important.


Foods that are high in this trace element include seafood of all kinds, meats, whole grains, and especially Brazil nuts.


Excessive intake of selenium can result in symptoms that could include irritability and general fatigue. Increased toxicity can lead to loss of hair and nails, white blotchy nails, and garlic breath. Prolonged duration can lead to a condition called chronic selenium toxicity or selenosis. Symptoms may include excessive vomiting, nausea, nerve damage, skin rash, and/or brittle bones. Toxicity is rare in the US with a few reported cases of manufacturing errors leading to an excessively high dose of selenium in a supplement.

However, one thing is clear. Everyone needs this supplement in their diets! It is important to remember that selenium in high amounts can be quite toxic, so be sure not to exceed the daily recommended allowance. This is why we only need trace amounts of it. For that reason, please do not exceed 400 mcg. daily! Talk to your doctor about pre-existing conditions and any possible contraindications you may have.

Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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Glutathione - One of the Most Power-Packed Antioxidants

NAC Amino Acid - Detoxifies and Protects

Vitamin E - Powerful Protector and Health Booster

Vitamin A as Beta Carotene - Promotes Vision & Protects the Skin

Alpha Lipoic Acid - A Potent Antioxidant for Healthy Cells

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