Selenium – The Great Protector Mineral
Selenium is an essential trace mineral for human health and is needed for the genes (DNA) in the nucleus of the cells to repair damage. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant which fights free radicals and binds heavy metals. Selenium is essential for healthy function of the immune system, heart and reproductive system.
In 1977 a study found that elderly people living in North Norfolk in the UK, lived longer because their soils were rich in selenium.
Many studies have shown that a protective dose of selenium is 100 to 200 mcg daily. The high sulphur content of most fertilizers reduces the availability of selenium to our bodies. Cooking can also drain selenium from foods.