Selenium has attracted attention because of its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect cells from damage. Whole wheat is one of the best food sources for selenium. Selenium deficiency can cause hypothyroidism or low thyroid. Obesity and low thyroid are directly related.
Selenium influences the transformation of thyroxin into triiodothyronine, which makes possible the metabolism of nutrients. Thus, if selenium is deficient, sluggish metabolism results and weight gain is more likely.
Benefits of Selenium:
Aids in many of the metabolic pathways and may help
treat prostate cancer
Benefits the skin during healing following burn injuries
Shampooing with selenium may alleviate dandruff
For skin care, selenium's antioxidant properties may
regenerate vitamins E and C, thereby decreasing the
aging of skin
Aids the immune system against bacterial and viral infections, cancer cells, herpes virus, cold sores and shingles
Assists in increasing the HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol for a healthy heart
TOP SELENIUM RICH FOODS:
Brazil Nuts, Sunflower seeds, Fish (tuna, halibut, sardines, flounder, salmon), Shellfish (oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops), Meat (beef, liver, lamb, pork), Poultry (chicken, turkey), eggs, Mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake), Grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats), Onions