selenium

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Functions
Source and function notes
  • Soil quality and mineral content a greater issue for this mineral
  • Best sources from meats and seafood, wholegrains and eggs
Vegetable sources Red Swiss chard; turnips; garlic; Mushrooms; radishes, green beans; Onion; Carrots; Cabbage
Fruit sources Orange juice, Grape juice, Orange
Nut and seed sources Brazil nuts, AlmondsCashews, Hazelnuts, Pecans

Coconut milkCocoa

Chia SeedsQuinoa Seed, Pumpkin and squash seeds, Sesame seedsSunflower seeds

Spice and herb sources
Absorption factors
Deficiency factors Increased risk of

  • Cancer and Cardiovascular disease
  • Inflammatory diseases (e.g. asthma)
  • Conditions associated with increased free-radical damage: e.g. premature aging and cataract formation
Toxicity and dangers Can be toxic: excess selenium intake causes liver problems due to interference with sulfur enzyme activity and sulphur systems as well as impaired bone and tooth growth

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