Selenium is regarded as one of the most important of the essential trace minerals. Selenium was found in the stony coral samples tested at the level of less than 0.08 ppm. (Halstead) Selenium helps to prevent oxygen damage to the cell membrane. The structural integrity of the cell membrane is critical to the proper uptake of nutrients and to the elimination of toxic wastes. Selenium has gained a widespread reputation as a cellular protector (antioxidant) that is important to the prolongation of life. (Eck) In company with several other antioxidant nutrients, selenium is indicated to help repair an immune system that is unresponsive to other therapy. (CRG) Vitamin E and selenium work closely together to promote elasticity of tissues, including arteries. Since they are both antioxidants, these two substances help slow the deterioration of body tissues and processes associated with aging and illness. (Thomas)
Most American diets tend to be selenium deficient; which is crucial because selenium is necessary in maintaining a resistance to many different diseases, including cancer. (Halstead) Men have a greater need for selenium, for it is utilized in the manufacture of semen. Almost half of a man’s body’s supply is concentrated in the testicles and portions of the seminal ducts adjacent to the prostate gland. Selenium can also alleviate hot flashes and menopausal distress. (Lepore) It is generally recommended to supplement selenium between 50 and 200 mcg. Higher doses than this have been associated with toxicity. Signs of selenium toxicity include nausea and vomiting emotional instability and a garlic odor on the breath and skin, and in extreme cases, loss of hair and fingernails. Deficiency of selenium can result in infertility, sudden infant death syndrome, liver cirrhosis and heart disease. (Bergner)
The Healing Power of Minerals, Paul Bergner, pages 164-166.
Energy, How it Affects . . . Your Well-Being, Paul Eck, page 171.
Fossil Stony Coral Minerals, Bruce W. Halstead, page 80.
Ten Essential Foods, Lalitha Thomas, page 84.
Clinical Reference Guide, International Foundation for Nutrition and Health.
The Ultimate Healing System, Donald Lepore, pages 74-75.