DISEASE AND SURGERY – THE SELENIUM SOLUTION – (IS SELENIUM PROTECTIVE AGAINST OTHER DISEASES AND CONDITIONS; DO MOST PEOPLE GET ENOUGH SELENIUM)

Yes. Because of its beneficial effect on the immune system, it also helps fight infections. Studies conducted in China showed that supplemental selenium lowered the incidence of hepatitis B.

In another study, people with Alzheimer’s disease had 40% lower blood levels of selenium than people without the disease. In addition to folic acid and vitamin B-12, an adequate supply of selenium is needed for brain health.

Selenium also has anti-inflammatory properties. In some clinical studies, it relieved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and acute and chronic pancreatitis.

Selenium enters the human food chain from the soil through grain crops and forage crops (those that are eaten by animals). Levels of selenium in soil are highly variable and often very low.

In the US, for example, soil in the Pacific Northwest and the Atlantic Northeast is selenium deficient. People living in these low-selenium regions may get only 50 meg of selenium daily.

In high-selenium regions, such as Nebraska, South Dakota and some of the other Great Plains states, it is common for adults to get 200 meg to 300 meg of selenium per day. Overall, most Americans are getting more than 55 meg per day, the government’s current recommended dietary intake.

My research has consistently shown that an adult requires 200 meg to 300 meg of selenium per day to receive its full protective properties.

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