Selenium is an essential mineral that is a star player on the Antioxidant A-Team along with Vitamins A, C and E. It helps to support and balance our immune system by neutralizing free radicals, promoting overall health and wellness.
Our bodies need selenium in a big way, as it is part of a well balanced diet.1 Produce today may be grown in soils that are depleted in minerals such as selenium.2 (Plants can only absorb selenium; they don’t actually produce it!) We get selenium in our diet by eating plants with selenium or eating animals that ate lots of plants containing selenium. Mineral-depleted soil means selenium-deficient food.
The other challenge is that there aren’t a lot of foods that accumulate much selenium, even if they are grown in selenium-rich soil.3 Brazil nuts offer the highest concentrations (eating two per day can give you a daily dose),4 but we’ve found that it’s surprisingly hard to get your hands on quality nuts. What you typically find in the grocery store might be rancid or have mold, so it is important to check what you buy and take note of the flavour.5
Fish such as tuna and halibut are the other big source of selenium, but friends don’t let friends get their daily dose of selenium from fish. If you eat seafood, you are probably aware that it’s wise to limit consumption to minimize exposure to heavy metals such as mercury.6
This is pure selenium with no additional nutrients. It is formulated for maximum bioavailability and easy digestion. Because what’s the point of taking a supplement if your body isn’t able to absorb and use it?