Selenium is the Warrior Protector Mineral

July 2, 2018; by Briana McDonald- Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (UtopiaSilver.com) Selenium is an essential trace mineral that provides amazing benefits to the human body that you don’t want to miss out on. Its works together with Vitamin E to help prevent oxidative damage in the body and also helps iodine regulate metabolism, recycle vitamin c, and improve overall cellular protection. Above all, Selenium is the warrior protector mineral that boosts the immune system. Getting your daily requirements of selenium from foods may not be easy since the foods that are high in this nutrient have declined dramatically over the past 50 years! Regardless, there are some Selenium rich food sources and yummy recipes that are easy to implement into our diets.

Selenium, “The Protector Mineral”

Selenium is also known as “The Protector Mineral” since it plays a protective role in the body that increases antioxidant capabilities and the quality of blood flow. Doing this also enhances the body’s resistance against diseases and stress along with lowering inflammation levels which also keeps pain at bay. If that’s not protection I’m not sure what is!

Healing Benefits of Selenium

  • Works as an Antioxidant and Defends Against Oxidative Stress
  • helps defend against cancer by protecting cells
  • boosts the immune system– according to studies, selenium is needed for the proper functioning of the immune system and can be a key nutrient for counteracting the development of viruses including HIV. In patients who have already contracted HIV, selenium has been shown to also be useful in slowing down the progression of the disease into AIDS.
  • improves blood flow and lowers chance of heart disease
  • regulates thyroid function- there is a link between thyroid metabolism and selenium deficiency research is showing. Selenium acts as a catalyst for the production of active thyroid hormones.
  • reduces asthma symptoms
  • boosts fertility

Rising Selenium Deficiency in America 

With certain health conditions such as HIV, Crohn’s disease, leaky gut, and other disorders that inhibit a persons ability to properly absorb nutrients can lead to a selenium deficiency. (1) For those who have difficulty absorbing this nutrient from their diet alone, they will also need to supplement as well. One way someone who has issues absorbing nutrients can get more selenium in their bloodstream would be by opening a capsule of the powdered supplement and mixing it in with a gentle cream or oil such as coconut oil and applying directly to the skin for maximum absorption. (2)

Symptoms of Selenium Deficiency

  • Foggy Memory
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Cold or Flu
  • Infertility
  • Slow Wound Healing

Selenium Rich Food Sources

Below is a list of food sources rich in this nutrient:

  1. Brazil nuts – 1 kernal has 95.9 micrograms (over 100% DV!)
  2. Sunflower Seeds- 1 cup has 74 micrograms (over 100% DV)
  3. Pinto Beans- 1 cup raw has 53.8 micrograms (77% DV)
  4. Halibut- 3 oz cooked contains 47 micrograms (67% DV)
  5. Sardines- 3 oz has 45 micrograms (64% DV)
  6. Grass fed beef- One lean strip has 45.1 micrograms (64% DV)
  7. Skipjack Tuna- 3 oz has 39.8 micrograms (57% DV)
  8. Wild Caught Salmon- 3 oz has 35.2 micrograms (50% DV)
  9. Beef Liver- 3 oz has 35.2 micrograms (50% DV)
  10. Oats (Old fashioned, not fortified) 1 cup has 23.4 micrograms (33% DV)
  11. Navy Beans- 1 cup has 22.9 micrograms (33% DV)
  12. Chicken- 3 oz has 22 micrograms (31% DV)
  13. Turkey- 3 oz 19.2 micrograms (27%DV)
  14. Eggs- 1 large egg has 15 micrograms (21% DV)
  15. Spinach- 1 cup has 11 micrograms (16% DV)

To improve detoxification, immunity and proper thyroid function it is recommended to consume 2 to 3 of these selenium rich food sources daily. (3)

Coconut Curried Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Serves: 4
Ingredients: 
2 lbs chicken breast (free range)
1 can coconut milk
2 cups broccoli
1 cup water chestnuts
1 white onion
2 tablespoons curry
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp cinnamon
Sea Salt to taste

Directions: 

  1. In a large skillet, add coconut milk, chicken, broccoli, water chestnuts, and onion. Cook on medium/high for 15 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder, garlic, ginger, cinnamon and sea salt. Reduce heat to medium/low and cook for 15 more minutes. (4)

Sources:

  1. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/serum-selenium-levels-are-depressed-patients-colitis-ccc-and-irritated-bowel-syndrome-ibs
  2. https://texastransdermals.com/selenium/
  3. https://draxe.com/selenium-foods/
  4. https://draxe.com/recipe/coconut-curried-chicken/

Briana McDonald-is a natural health writer and contributor to the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does free-lance health article writing as well as website and ad design.

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