Selenium is a mineral your body uses for a variety of functions. It’s an essential mineral, so that means it must be obtained through what you eat - your body can’t produce it on its own. Luckily, it’s easy to get and Americans who eat a reasonably varied and healthy diet rarely suffer from selenium deficiency. Here are some of the health benefits selenium provides:
• Powerful antioxidant to help reduce oxidative stress from free radicals.
• Protects against heart disease by reducing inflammation.
• Boosts mental function and improves memory.
• Crucial for thyroid hormone production to control metabolism and your body’s development.
• Enhances your immune response to fight off bacteria and viruses.
• Reduces asthma symptoms by lowering inflammation.
Here are some great sources of selenium and what percent of your daily value they provide:
• Oysters: 238% per 3oz
• Brazil Nuts: 174% per nut
• Halibut: 171% per 6oz
• Yellowfin Tuna: 167% per 3oz
• Eggs: 56% per 2 large eggs
• Chicken Breast: 55% per cup, diced
• Sardines: 38% per 4 sardines
• Sunflower Seeds: 25% per 1oz