Selenium (Trace Element)
As an impressive antioxidant, selenium works well with vitamin E to scavenge free radicals, helping to prevent cellular mutation, cancers and the effects of aging. It is used for premature aging, cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, menopause and skin ailments.
Grains, fruits, vegetables. The content in food is wholly dependent on the selenium content of the soil in which the food was cultivated. Foods high in selenium include wheat germ, nuts, oats, chard, brown rice, and bran. Note: Typical American diets are notoriously low in whole grains and fresh produce. Coupled with selenium-depleted soils, a selenium deficiency is much more common than one would expect.
Selenium works best when combined with other antioxidants like vitamin E and glutathione. A high intake of trace minerals can interfere with selenium absorption. Zinc and heavy metals can inhibit its activity. Many drugs, including chemotherapeutic agents, can increase the body's selenium requirements.
Look for organic forms which include selenomethionine and yeasts which are high in selenium.