Selenium is an essential trace element which is necessary for growth and protein synthesis. Selenium helps to increase the effectiveness of vitamin E and acts as an antioxidant to protect cells from free radical damage. Brazil nuts are one of the richest sources of selenium. Other foods include organ meats, tuna, seafood, brewer's yeast, fresh garlic, mushrooms, wheat germ, and some whole grains. Kyong Park and colleagues from Yeungnam University (South Korea) analyzed data from two separate US studies including 3630 women and 3535 men, none of whom were diabetic at the start, documenting 780 new cases of type 2 diabetes over the course of the studies. Observing that increased levels of selenium present in toenails were associated with a lower risk of diabetes, the study authors commented, "At dietary levels of intake, individuals with higher toenail [selenium] levels are at lower risk for [type 2 diabetes]."
Info provided by: Townsend Letter, Ronald Klatz, MD, DO & Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO, FAASP
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN