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Introducing Selenium

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

Selenium, Emma Jacques, Naturopath, brazil nuts

This fabulous little nutrient is not so well known however has many important functions including -

Modulation of Thyroid Hormones

Selenium is important for normal thyroid hormones synthesis, activation and metabolism. Supplementation has also been linked to autoimmune thyroiditis (Grave's Disease, Hashimotos) remission.

Improving Immune Function

Selenium ramps up and activated t-cell and B-lymphocyte production which helps to fight infection.

Male Fertility

Selenium is required for testosterone synthesis, normal sperm maturation and sperm motility.

So where do we find selenium?

Brazil Nuts are a hot little example of a superfood. These babies have so much selenium that 3-4 Brazil Nut's daily include your recommended daily intake. How awesome is that?!

You can also find selenium in these foods -

  • Salmon

  • Sardines

  • Ham

  • Prawns

  • Beef

  • Rice

  • Eggs

  • Legumes

  • Spinach

Variation in our diets is the most important and easiest way to boost our nutrient intake. Mix it up, keep it interesting, enjoy food and include a rainbow every day 🌈

Emma xx

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