Selenium deficiencies

The SELENIUM content of a food depends upon the location of the soil it was grown in. Selenium deficient states include Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Delaware. Selenium levels are also low in the District of Columbia. A study done at the Cleveland Clinic showed that people living in states with low selenium content in their soil were three times more likely to die of heart disease than those who lived in states with adequate selenium content of their soil.

Selenium is needed for the immune system. It works with Vitamin E as an antioxidant and helps prevent cancer, as it has a role in DNA repair. It also helps prevent heart disease, reduces heavy metal toxicity and is involved in thyroid function. Manifestations of selenium deficiency include weakness, loss of hair and skin pigment, skeletal muscle problems, thyroid enlargement, recurrent infections and low sperm counts. Food sources of selenium are abundant and include butter, herring, wheat germ, scallops, barley, cod, shrimp, oats, lobster, steak, lamb, turnips and molasses to name just a few. Patients with AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer autoimmune diseases, infertility and thyroid disease can have low selenium levels. Supplementation is available but consult your physician before taking selenium. For additional information please call or email. Thank you!

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