Selenium

Selenium mineral is an anti oxidant that works with Vitamin E to stop the free radicals in the body. Some researchers have even claimed that it helps slow down the effects of aging. Not enough of selenium can develop into heart disease and some cancers.

• What it does: can reduce the chance of some cancers, it is an anti oxidant, it also regulates your metabolism

• Good Sources: any unprocessed foods

• What happens if you consume too much of it: hair loss, diarrhea, and nerve abnormalities, raises the risk of skin cancer

• How much is too much: more than 400 ug/day

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: you can get a specific type of heart disease

• Daily Requirement Intake: Adults = 55 ug/day**

**ug= micrograms

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.