Selenium is a well-studied yet little known (by the public) element. It is involved as a catalyst in several important enzymes. The most well-known function is in the liver where selenium catalyzes or activates the glutathione peroxidase enzyme. This enzyme plays its most significant role in the liver as it cleanses our blood. Without it the liver could not do its job properly leaving our system full of toxins. It also plays an important role in our thyroid where, along with Iodine, it catalyzes the T4 and T3 enzymes which are critical for energy production. Along with the thyroid, selenium is also found in sizable amounts in healthy breast and prostate tissues. Selenium levels in diseased thyroid, breast, and prostate tissues are very low to nonexistent. Along with iodine, selenium is not widespread in the earths fertile soils. Consequently, the ability to obtain them in our foods on a regular basis is difficult at best. In the case of both of these elements, supplementation is the best way to insure a steady supply and a steady supply is essential for optimal health. Lastly, the body uses Selenium and Iodine for removing heavy metals from the body. The biggest concern being mercury. Anyone with silver fillings is exposed to large amounts of mercury as every silver filling is at least 50% mercury, a deadly neurotoxin that has been banned in most public dumps. Constant exposure to the mercury from decomposing fillings is being dealt with by the body using Selenium and Iodine. The presence of these fillings (70-80% of the US population), represents a continuous source of toxic mercury which consequently puts the body in a seriously depleted state of Selenium and Iodine. If you have silver fillings in your mouth, besides removal, supplementing with Selenium and Iodine are highly recommended.
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