Say you get an email touting the wonders of a newly discovered mineral. It seems we get new ‘discoveries’ every day.
Today I received an ad for a mineral discovery that even the F.D.A. says may help to prevent cancer.
Here’s part of the sensationalism –
“One natural ingredient has cleared every hurdle with its astounding results and now this revolutionary mineral is not only available to you, but it’s available like never before – coupled with one of the most powerful immune discoveries of the 21st century.
If you’re “in the know” you may already know that selenium is helping us turn the corner in cancer protection.
Your body only needs a small amount, but it’s extremely important…”
If you’re like most people, you’ll head right over to your vitamin bottle to see if it contains selenium. Whew, it’s in there. But you’re left wondering, is it enough? You’re tempted to click that link and buy. After all, if it helps prevent cancer….
Whoa, hold your horses! According to Department of Health and Human Services – Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry –
“People may be exposed to low levels of selenium daily through food and water. Selenium is a trace mineral needed in small amounts for good health, but exposure to much higher levels can result in neurological effects and brittle hair and deformed nails. Occupational inhalation exposure to selenium vapors may cause dizziness, fatigue, irritation of mucous membranes, and respiratory effects.”
Do not exceed 200 micrograms a day.
Isn’t that frustrating?
So I head over to my handy nutrient guide inside High Energy Eating, and you’ll find that Selenium is a mood-elevator. Your brain functions better when you’re in a better mood – ever notice that? Somehow the two are tied together. Mysteries of the brain.
New research is finding that selenium is a cell protector, and starts a process where the cells repair damaged DNA. More studies are being done to determine if selenium can repair damaged cells from prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer – and whether a deficiency may actually cause disease.
Selenium and Vitamin E are a powerful combination. Together they slow down aging, hardening of the arteries, relieve menopausal suffering such as hot flashes, helps keep your muscles flexible, and even helps prevents dandruff.
You can get selenium naturally by eating Brazil nuts, chicken, eggs, fish, garlic, nuts, meat, milk, onions, seafood, seeds, and tomatoes.
If you eat any of these foods regularly, you probably don’t need to supplement with more than what’s already in your multi-vitamin.
Always do your homework and don’t fall for the hype!
P.S. – You can find all of the information you need to stay young, thin, healthy, and full of energy inside High Energy Eating.
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A most informative guide on lung cancer, thank you, it has provided me with some comfort