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The Significance of Selenium

Selenium Element

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  • A trace mineral found in soil and specific foods, selenium works as an antioxidant, which can protect you from disease; selenium is also anti-inflammatory, antiviral and has anti-cancer properties
  • Selenium is an essential mineral, but the right amount is critical for your health; too much may lead to diabetes, and too little opens your system up to disease
  • Autoimmune diseases, thyroid problems including Hashimoto’s disease, cancer, heart disease, AIDS and asthma are all positively impacted by selenium, but as many as 1 billion people worldwide have a deficiency
  • Certain meats, wild-caught fish, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, onions, garlic and mushrooms are all good sources of selenium

By Dr. Mercola

Selenium is a trace element a Swedish chemist, Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius, discovered almost 200 years ago. Today, modern scientists recognize it as "an essential mineral of pivotal importance for human health," with anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-cancer potential.


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