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Monday, July 9, 2012

Selenium




Last week a Mom who attended the Mito Conference mentioned Selenium to me- interestingly enough "selenium" has been rolling like a tidal wave through all of my different health groups-

Since we still have not tried any supplements(quercetin +C by twinlabs is corn clean, and it would probably be the first we will/might give a try down the road)I always head toward what foods have these helpful vitamins and minerals naturally occurring. It is easier,cheaper,safer,more effective to get your vitamins through your foods and the only way we manage with Abby this year.


The number 1 source of Selenium is the Brazil Nut- of course Abby cannot have nuts, but for anyone out there looking to boost their selenium you only need 1 brazil nut on average(variable levels of selenium) a day to get what you need- isn't that about as easy and tasty as it comes for a vitamin?

The next top foods for selenium content-

Grown or raised under ideal soil conditions, crimini mushrooms, cod, shrimp, tuna, halibut, salmon, and mustard seeds are also excellent sources of selenium.

Very good sources of selenium include salmon, scallops, chicken, eggs, shiitake mushrooms, lamb, barley, and turkey. Might I add that our beloved blackstrap molasses does contain some selenium, lowest amounts, but hey it made the list! :-)

Keep in mind, commercially farmed products are going to have aprox 20-30 percent less nutritional value then their organic counterpart. So much of the content is based on the health of the soil.

Diseases associated with selenium deficiency;

Health Conditions
What health conditions require special emphasis on selenium?

Selenium may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:

Acne
Asthma
Cervical dysplasia
Colorectal cancer
Esophageal cancer
HIV/AIDS
Infertility (male)
Kashin-Beck's disease
Keshan's disease
Multiple sclerosis
Ovarian cysts
Parkinson's disease
Periodontal disease
Psoriasis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Senile cataracts
SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
Stomach cancer


Read more about Selenium

Abby does okay with mustard powder- so might see if we can sneak in some mustard seeds as something new to our diet. Fish is hard to get fresh off the boat(histamine) and not corn contaminated(yep, the rinse they rinse the fish with has corn!) but I was glad to see her eggs made the list! I am still curious how she can pop positive on an egg allergy but thrives eating them- just goes to show tests are not always as important as the clinical picture-


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