I remember exactly why I wanted to know more about selenium. A teacher at a raw food training once said he always carries five Brazil nuts with him to protect himself from harmful toxins. I was instantly captivated. Why Brazil nuts and why five? Now I know that Brazil nuts equal selenium and that this mineral is actually very important and vital to all of us, I thought it was about time to share my knowledge with you why selenium is important.
Why selenium is important
Selenium is a mineral which can be found in certain foods. Selenium plays an important role in the creation of certain body cells and it’s an anti-oxidant that protects against diseases. You can find selenium in many products that we eat, such as grains, garlic, onions, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, mushrooms and nuts and seeds. It is often said that we are getting enough selenium via the food we eat, but there is a little problem.
A little problem…
The problem is our soil these days where the food needs to grow and get its selenium from. Selenium can only be present in our food if the soil is rich in selenium. By all kinds of farming techniques nowadays you will find considerably less minerals and vitamins in your veggies and grains.
How much do you need?
It is difficult to indicate how much you need. Opinions vary on this subject widely (from 50 micrograms to 200 micrograms) and it is difficult to indicate because it depents on where you live (the soil in that country) and how healthy you eat. A deficiency can cause health problems, but having too much selenium in your body is also not a good thing.
Since the teacher showed me the Brazil nuts I became so much more aware of the mineral selenium. Not only what it does (what it can prevent) and especially I became more aware of the deficiencies in our soil. These days, I also eat a few Brazil nuts a day. Brazil nuts contain a good dose of selenium so a few nuts a day will do.
How about you? Do you ever think of your selenium intake?
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