Why do we need selenium?

Selenium is a nonmetallic trace element found quite sparingly in a pure state in nature. Yet, tiny doses of it are absolutely  essential for good health.

Why? Because we require selenium in order for our bodies to produce glutathione peroxidase, a powerful antioxidant that aids every single cell in our body to fight illness and thus maintain health.


During an illness we need more glutathione than normal, as the body uses it to remove toxins from the body. When glutathione levels have been depleted, free radicals accumulate and can damage cell membranes.

Studies show that when people are ill, both selenium and glutathione levels are dangerously low.

Many studies have been done on the relationship between selenium and the treatment of cancer, diabetes, thyroid problems, cognitive function and other diseases.

Food sources of selenium include sardines, anchovies, tuna, garlic, onions, lentils, sunflower seeds, some whole grains, all types of mustard, organic blue and yellow corn (even corn chips), raw dairy products and many nuts, particularly Brazil nuts, cashews, black walnuts and macadamias (nuts in the shell yield the most minerals).

Fruits and vegetables contain very little selenium.

But because of the tiny amount required, many healthy people obtain the selenium they need from a reasonable, balanced diet.

Plants draw selenium from healthy soil, but as Dr. Lawrence Wilson says, soil conditions differ around the world and are changing almost everywhere as chemical pollution worsens.

Chemical pollution and soil  depletion change the PH of the soil, making it difficult for selenium (and other essential minerals) to bind to plant roots.

The problem of absorbing and utilizing selenium applies not only to mistreated soil, but also to most Americans and many others, due to chaotic diets, chemicals in food, refined, synthetic, and processed food and supplements, sugar-eating habits, stress and other problems affecting uptake and absorption of nutrients.

Dr. Wilson, a naturopathic physician, urges those who seek supplements to use only whole- food-based supplements—not synthetic, which may do more harm than good.

Many people will be surprised to learn that some of the world’s most selenium and other mineral-rich soil on earth was found in the U.S. Midwest in earlier days, whereas the Northwest, Northeast and Florida soils generally contained the least natural selenium.

Australia and large areas of Europe, Russia and China also have selenium-sparse soils.

Early symptoms of selenium deficiency include lack of energy, depression, lack of will to deal with everyday ups and downs, and memory problems. As the immune system fails to function properly, worse diseases may occur.

Most people do not realize the importance to good health of those many micro-minerals once so unknown yet readily available and absorbed from soil and sea.

It’s time to learn and take action.

Sources: Earthclinic.com, Drlwilson.com


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