Selenium is a trace metal that helps the body’s antioxidant enzyme systems function properly. It works well when taken with other antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamins E and C, and is very effective in stopping free radicals doing their nasty work.
It helps strengthen the immune system and has been shown to interfere with the formation of cancer by stopping damaged DNA molecules from replicating and preventing tumours from developing.
It also known to help prevent heart disease, arthritis and helps the body maintain a normal metabolism. The selenium content of plant-based foods is related to the selenium content of soil in which the plants have been grown.
Sources of selenium:
- Fish (tuna, shrimp, sardines, salmon and cod)
- Mushrooms (crimini and Shiitake)
- Nuts (almond and Brazil nuts)