Benefits of Selenium

S is for Successful Reproduction

Canadian scientists have recently reported evidence supporting a beneficial effect for selenium on reproduction in the male.

A report comes from Montreal indicating significant improvement in sperm motility, vitality and morphology following supplementation of nine infertile men with selenium and vitamin E.

E stands for Essential for Human Health

EXAMPLES OF FINDINGS FROM SOME SCIENTIFIC STUDIES USING SELENIUM

  1. Considering selenium blood levels alone those persons in the lowest fifth of all blood selenium levels have twice the incidence of cancer as those in the highest fifth (Willett, 1983).
  2. Total cancer mortality is three times higher in persons having blood selenium values below a certain value than the incidence of cancer in those above this value (Yu, 1985).
  3. Considering selenium blood levels alone, those people in the lowest tenth of all blood selenium levels have six times the incidence of cancer as those in the highest tenth (Clark, 1984).
  4. Both selenium and vitamin E is needed together to prevent cancer (Horvath, 1983).
  5. When considering both selenium and vitamin E blood levels, those person in the lowest third of blood vitamin E level and also having a low blood selenium level had more than eleven times the incidence of cancer as those in the popper two-thirds of blood vitamin E and selenium levels (Salonen, 1985).
  6. Still another researcher concludes that “selenium should be considered not only as a preventative , but also a therapeutic agent in cancer treatment and may act additively or synergistically with drug and X-ray treatments” (Milner, 1984).

L is for Lifts negative moods

There are a number of indications that selenium is important to the brain. Benefical effect on mood has been shown.

In three studies low selenium status was associated with significantly greater incidence of depression and other negative mood states such as anxiety, confusion and hostility.

E is for Essential trace mineral

Selenium's role as a protector against cancer is dramatic, but its protective role against heart disease - our number one killer - is selenium's greatest value. The evidence supporting selenium's role in relationship to heart disease seems even more convincing than it does for cancer.
Frost, D.V. bulletin of selenium-Tellurim Development Assc no 17

Whether or not a selenium deficiency causes heart disease is unproven. What seems certain is that a selenium deficiency increases susceptibilty to heart disease.
Selenium as food and medicine....Dr Richard Passwaters

N is for NZ Soils that are deficient in selenium

Official New Zealand research has revealed that over 50% of the New Zealand population consume less than the recommended level of selenium.

New Zealanders should seriously consider supplementing their diet with selenium (200 µg\day) and a multivitamin containing folic acid (400 µg\day)

Given the fact that nobody has died in New Zealand from selenium overdose and perhaps as many as 2,000 deaths from cancer could be prevented every year by selenium supplements, it makes sense for officials to support the role of dietary supplements in preventing morbidity (disease) and mortality (death).

Look forward to the day when officials accept the scientific evidence and recommend that New Zealanders consume daily 200 ug of selenium supplement and at least 400 ug of folic acid supplement in order to significantly reduce the risk of both cancer and heart disease- two scourges in today’s modern society.

Ron Law's Public Health Perspectives
extracted from Healthy Options magazine article

I is for Immune System benefits

Strenghtening your immune system means increasing your resistance to disease. Selenium deficiency decreases the immune response and so makes us more succeptable to disease. People in low selenium areas have more cancer than people in high selenium areas.
Dr Richard Passwater's selenium as food and medicine what you need to know. Keats publishing.

Selenium is a major anti-oxidant.

AN AMAZING RECOVERY FROM CANCER...

I am 83 years old. About two and a half years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer plus two fairly large cancerous tumours in the vicinity of my bladder.

A blood test showed a high PSA reading of 700. An emergency prostate operation was performed followed by hormone medication, which brought the PSA reading down to 70. A few weeks later I underwent an oichidectomy, and then had 3 monthly blood tests and checks by the surgeon. The PSA went down to about 7 or 8. Then on my next appointment the surgeon was absolutely amazed by my PSA reading of 0.07! He suggested my wife and I should celebrate with a meal out and a good bottle of wine, then see him again after 6 months. That test and examination again showed the same as the last one, 0.08. The good doctors were all ecstatic again saying that I was really unbelievably lucky and again suggested celebration plus buying a Lotto ticket.

Needless to say happy as I was obeyed doctor’s orders, however the Lotto ticket was a dud, never mind! I started to think back to what could have been the cause of my good luck when it dawned on me that a few months prior to that first lucky test result I had started a daily course of Sel-Plex organic selenium tablets supplied by Caljosn Organics.

I am now looking forward to my next appointment with the surgeon which will be in November when I will question him about selenium. However whatever his comments are going to be, I myself am convinced that the selenium course I am taking is the cause of my good luck and improvement of my health generally.

Name and address withheld
North Island, New Zealand

U is for Useful protection against heart disease and ageing

Schamberger’s study in 1976 was among the first to suggest a link between dietary selenium intake and deaths from heart disease.

Of deaths of 55 to 64 year-olds, death from heart disease increased as the patient’s selenium status declined.

Similar correlations have been found for other oxidative stress-related diseases, such as arthritis; and there has also been a link found between se-status and survival following HIV infection and in fertility disorders in both men and women.

M is for Major Antioxidant

  1. Considering selenium blood levels alone those persons in the lowest fifth of all blood selenium levels have twice the incidence of cancer as those in the highest fifth (Willett, 1983).
  2. Total cancer mortality is three times higher in persons having blood selenium values below a certain value than the incidence of cancer in those above this value (Yu, 1985).
  3. Considering selenium blood levels alone, those people in the lowest tenth of all blood selenium levels have six times the incidence of cancer as those in the highest tenth (Clark, 1984).
  4. Both selenium and vitamin E is needed together to prevent cancer (Horvath, 1983).
  5. When considering both selenium and vitamin E blood levels, those person in the lowest third of blood vitamin E level and also having a low blood selenium level had more than eleven times the incidence of cancer as those in the popper two-thirds of blood vitamin E and selenium levels (Salonen, 1985).
  6. Still another researcher concludes that “selenium should be considered not only as a preventative , but also a therapeutic agent in cancer treatment and may act additively or synergistically with drug and X-ray treatments” (Milner, 1984).

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