Selenium is an essential trace mineral that works with Vitamin E in metabolic functions. It promotes normal body growth, enhances fertility, encourages tissue elasticity and is a potent antioxidant that naturally reduces the retention of toxic metals in the body. Selenium is crucial for the proper functioning of the heart muscle. The people of Norfolk, England, are said to be among some of the longest-lived. Scientists believe it is due to high concentrations of selenium in the soil. Selenium is stored in muscle and other tissues, as well as in the liver and kidneys.
Some symptoms of a selenium deficiency:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
Cirrhisis of the liver
Sickle cell anemia
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Some symptoms of excess (toxicity); hinders performance of certain enzymes, can cause hair loss, fever, dermatitis, paralysis, muscular problems, heart problems, increased tooth decay, skin inflammation, nausea, fatigue, liver and kidney impairment.
Natural sources: organ meats (liver, kidney), seafood, whole grains, and many natural foods.