Selenium - Life's Natural Remedy For Good Health - Why Govts Like It

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Selenium - the overlooked but important nutrient that might just make the difference in your life.  (photos @ freedigitalphotos.net)
Selenium - the overlooked but important nutrient that might just make the difference in your life. (photos @ freedigitalphotos.net)

Ok. We are all far too used to reading about “magic bullet” cures and treatments that will cure a rainy day. This is not one of those articles. This HUB sets out to explain some simple facts and knowledge about a tried and respected health benefit that is found in some foods; it is solid information that is getting wide interest in the area of science and health, and is even causing some governments to take it serious. And you should take this serious, since scientists are showing a lot of interest in its real benefits to our health.

If you are a person who suffers from things such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation or swelling or suffer from a depleted white cell blood count which affects the immune system, or even aching joints like knees, wrists, elbows, hips or neck stiffness – you need to be taking more Selenium. This natural trace mineral has been found to be vital for the mechanisms in our bodies that keep our joints from hurting.

It has been shown that rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have less selenium in their bodies than comparable people who do have higher levels of Selenium. Scientists attribute this drop in Selenium as indication that it plays a role in protecting inflamed tissue. Selenium is vital for proper functioning of the enzyme GSH-Px, or Glutathione Peroxidase, which guards cells against aggressive molecules called free radicals which break down the cell membrane and cause lethal damage to cells.

Selenium has been found to subdue the pain of arthritis sufferers, and reduce inflammation and swelling, and help avoid stiff and aching joints. The positive effect is noticeable after a few weeks.

WHAT IS SELENIUM?

It is a trace element, a nutrient that is found in microscopic quantities in our diet. It’s a powerful antioxidant that drives protective proteins and enzymes in the body. Scientists and nutritionists have found about 25 proteins and 30 enzymes so far. Selenium is the KEY to a well-functioning Immune system.

The best sources of Selenium are Fish, brazil nuts, whole-grain, kidney, liver and meat. Another source of Selenium is to simply take a daily supplement of organic Selenium. One particular supplement, the Danish SelenoPrecise organic selenium yeast is now patented and has shown a very high and very stable absorption in the body at 89.7%, as well as long term safety.

So how does it work? It stimulates the body’s manufacturing of “t4” or “Killer cells” (which are white blood cells.) Selenium tends to be found in high concentrations in the Brain, the Testes, and the Thyroid Gland. Some Selenium compounds (listed below) has been now linked to prevention of Cancer cell growth. Okay, that’s a bold claim right there, and needs to be explained. But first things first...

Many studies have proved the benefits of Selenium. Finland took it further...  (www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
Many studies have proved the benefits of Selenium. Finland took it further... (www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

WHY DOES SELENIUM NATURALLY PROTECTS AGAINST VIRUSES?

Selenium has the capability of preventing viruses from becoming virulent through mutations. An American researcher Melinda C. Beck from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has made studies where a normally harmless virus was given to mice and it killed them because they were all selenium deficient. When the virus was given to mice with plenty of selenium, the mice survived.

In another study at the University of Miami, HIV patients who were supplemented with Selenium all did much better than patients who were given similar placebo pills. Those who received Selenium had less of the virus in their blood, and their immune cell count was far higher, and so were at a lower risk of developing full AIDS.

Selenium is available in many forms...  (www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
Selenium is available in many forms... (www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

In more studies, scientists demonstrated links between Selenium levels and cancer rates. Professor Larry C. Clark of the University of Arizona, published a study in 1996 which linked Selenium to unseen cancer protection. By giving Selenium in tablet form to participants, Prof. Clark did the unthinkable, reducing their risk to cancer, and risk to dying of cancer by up to 50%.

Clark’s study led to more studies, many of which can be found on the net, and have been published widely. In 2005, a French study known as SU.VI.MAX (1) showed a 31% reduction of cancer in men who were given Selenium (and other antioxidants), but not in women. There was a decline in all-cause mortality in people (again found only in men) who took the supplements.

WHY GOVERNMENTS ARE TAKING SELENIUM SERIOUS

It is suspected that low levels of Selenium in Europe may be contributing towards high numbers of different kinds of cancers, one of the biggest killers in the EU. It is causing experts on health and nutrition to now question the low levels of Selenium we are all taking, and figure a way of safely getting us to absorb more of it, for our own benefit. In the UK, Professor Margaret P. Rayman from the University of Surrey, in an article in the British Medical Journal, has called on politicians to consider ways of increasing selenium intake in the general population, and the interest is growing.

The official Recommended Daily Allowance of Selenium is about 50 micrograms. It should be up around 100 – 20 micrograms. In Finland, they have taken the seriousness of Selenium intake to a significant level. In 1985, a law there was passed that demands that all fertilizers be Selenium-enriched. Since then, the rate for cardiovascular disease has dropped. As Selenium levels have fallen by 50% in the last 2 decades here, it’s time UK officials took action and allow this natural health benefit to be given to the rest of us. And why stop there. This could be of immense benefit to millions of people in countries all over the world. If it means better health for all, we should all be in favor of it.

(1) (Le Supplementation en Vitamines et Mineraux Antioxidants)


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

Thank you for the information, I used to consume fish, whole-grain, and meat but can't stand of liver and kidney :) Do you have picture of the Brazil nuts? Great hub!


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skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

This is an awesome hub. Very nicely done. You write on girl.

This is a blessing remedy for many. I hope this hub gets out there, many will be touched. God works through you my friend to reach others. Thank You. I am bookmarking your hub. I joined the club. Please visit my hubs, I hope you to will be blessed. Hugs


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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Reply to febreidethan:

Hy and thank you for the nice comments here. Yes, I also know lots of people who can't stand kidneys and livers as they look weird and taste like average unless lots of sauce or gravy is added...Vegitarians may not approve and I don't blame them, but its nice to know there are alternatives.

Um, I can add pics of Brazil nuts! I will do this! Actually, in UK and anywhere there's a Tesco store, they do this Nut mix that includes Brazil nuts, and other nuts. I chew slowly. I am a believer in Selenium-loaded foods and their benefits. Fish is my favourite food! (I wanna live to a ripe old age!) I love all kinds of fish! Visit often! Thanks!

To skye2day:

Wow! An awesome hub! Me? Shucks, I am flattered and many thanks to you for such lovely comments here! Did you notice there's a lot of great health Hubs around? I just wanted to add to the collective, seeing as I have a few ideas. If other people can benefit from this info, then all the better! There is a great community here - I really like it. And thanks for joining my club and for bookmarking. I visit you cos you write such great hubs. I am a fan! Hugs you right back. : )


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Jenny30 7 years ago from Canada

Great job. Very informative article!


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Putz Ballard 7 years ago

Thanks for the info, I have RA and currently am taking methotrexate and Humira injections. My RA is now dormant , for the last 3 years, hope it stays dormant.

Robert Ballard


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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Jenny30,

Thanks for the comment! I really like your Hubs! : )

Putz Ballard:

Good luck with the RA. We all have to look after our health. Thanks for the comments.


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SimeyC 7 years ago from NJ, USA

This is very interesting - it's amazing how powerful antioxins can be -even simple things like grape juice (and wine for that matter) can be good for us - the food industry really needs to take us away from preservitives etc though....great hub!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Thanks - you have added some info to what I had already knew.... Selenium helps vitamin E absorption as well.

Thanks My friend

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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

To SimeyC:

I have been told that too! A Glass of wine is good. Thank you for the kind comments. You are a great Hubber! : )

To Neil Sperling:

Neil, it's always a pleasure to get comments from you. Glad to be adding useful information here. I tend to take care of my health, and I'm glad to pass on helpful information whenever possible. Appreciate your visits my friend! : )


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Well, I'm not too creaky yet, but well on my way and thinking maybe I ought to pick up some vitamins. I'll check the label and make sure they have Selenium; it sounds important. (Forget the Brazil nuts, they make my mouth buzz - I may be allergic)


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khmohsin 7 years ago from London,UK

Ya...this is great thing to chose for our health as well as smartness, good work about it and great information related to it. Keep it up.


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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

To Dolores:

That's a good idea to avoid nuts as some people have nut allergies, but fine for the look out for Selenium on the packaging or labels. Oh, we all geta bit creaky in our lives at some point! LOL!

To khmohsin:

Thank you for the comments, my friend. We aim to please! : )


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myownworld 7 years ago from uk

Great hub....i learnt so much! I'm thinking of buying some for my mother as she suffers from arthritis. Hopefully, this should help her. thank you for sharing


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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

To myownworld:

I hope it works out for your Mom, myownworld. Mothers are very important! You are lucky! Always feel welcome here!


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ROMANCER OF LIFE 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

Again... Great hub! Ton of great information that people love and find interesting. Thank you for this awesome hub! I will definitely share this with my husband.

Great writing. I admire you... You have a ton of followers and a wealth of information to share with them. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

Wonderful day to ya!

~Romancer~


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Cheeky Girl 3 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hey Rena! Yes, people should be a wee bit more aware of the facts about Selenium! By all means share with your hubby! That's awesome!

Hah! I don't know about the er - ton of Followers, I just try to keep the topics interesting! Lots of stuff interests me, that's my thing. You have been reading a few of moi hubs lately! I am humbled to have you checking them out, Rena!

It's always wonderful to see you in the hubs! I feel guilty and I should check back on your newest ones! I'm sure there's new hubs to enjoy! Stay safe and have a peaceful day!

Cheers Rena!

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