Selenium is a vital antioxidant that acts synergistically with Vitamin E. It is found in all the tissues of the body, but is most concentrated in the kidneys, liver, pancreas and testicles.


The amount of Selenium we consume in our diet depends on the amount found in the soil where the food is grown. The Selenium content of soil varies greatly, but many areas are showing serious depletion of this vital mineral. Livestock feeding on land that is low in Selenium are also effected. Cattle and sheep in New Zealand, where the Selenium content of the soil is low, have suffered from a breakdown of muscle tissue, including heart muscle.


How Selenium helps you

  • Helps to keep the immune system strong by preventing the formation of free radicals which damage the body.
  • Aids in the production of antibodies
  • Helps maintain a healthy heart.
  • Required for pancreatic function.
  • Helps maintain tissue elasticity.
  • May help to slow down the aging process.
  • Studies have found that Selenium deficiency can increase the incidence and rate of growth of cancer. Studies also show that a high intake of Selenium can protect against cancers.
  • Studies have shown a link between low levels of Selenium and a high rate of heart disease. Eastern Finland has one of the highest death rates from heart disease. Research showed a low level of Selenium was associated with a sevenfold increased death rate from heart disease. Further studies showed that individuals suffering from heart disease responded well to Selenium supplementation.
  • Studies have linked low levels of Selenium with arthritis. A combination of Selenium and vitamin E has also been shown to enhance conventional arthritis treatments..

Symptoms of Deficiency May Include:
Muscle weakness and discomfort, high cholesterol, frequent infections, poor liver and pancreas function, sterility in men.
Selenium deficiency has also been linked to increased levels of cancer and heart disease.


Natural Sources - as noted above this depends on the soil content
Meat, seafood, organ meat, chicken, whole grains, seeds, Brazil nuts, brewers yeast, brown rice, molasses


  • Selenium functions best when combined with vitamin E
  • Some experts recommend an intake of 100 - 200 mcg per day.For people living in low Selenium areas, and for cancer prevention, scientists suggest an intake of up to 400 mcg.
  • Refining food strips much of it's Selenium. Cooking, especially if the cooking water is discarded, also greatly reduces the Selenium content.

Disclaimer: The information presented is for information purposes only. It is based on scientific studies or traditional usage. Consult a health care professional before using supplements or making any changes in prescribed medications. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease