SEL-ENI-UM (sung to ‘millennium by Robbie Williams... 😉) 🤗Oh the humble Brazil nut - a great source of selenium, which is a vital micro nutrient involved in thyroid and immune function 🛒And now, they even make selenium supplement... which, according to an article that I recently read on the website women’s magazine, is first on the list of supplements that we should actually buy. Ok great, on the shopping list it goes... BUT WAIT! 🔦🔍There is no research(that I can find) that suggests that people who are not deficient in selenium or are not part of a clinical population whereby selenium administration could be beneficial, should supplement with selenium. 🌎Whilst selenium intake in the UK and Europe has been found to be ‘sub-optimal’ and often below the RDA, in the US it is typically higher, and totally depends on the food that you usually eat/diet you follow. ⚠️Selenium was actually originally known as a toxic element, and an extremely high concentration of selenium (more than 122 micrograms/litre) may increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. 👩🏻⚕️👨🏾⚕️So maybe you think you’re deficient?
Well that is a possibility, and deficiency can present with symptoms of hair and nail brittleness/loss, nervous system abnormalities and extreme fatigue.
But these things could signal other health problems, so if you do think you’re deficient, then seeking professional medical advice and getting a proper test is a better option than spending a fortune on supplements (that could do more harm than good) 🥜🌰And... always remember: supplements are supposed to SUPPLEMENT your diet. If you can (i.e. you’re not allergic to nuts etc. and your body has no trouble absorbing things), getting nutrients from a good source is much more advised.
Food sources containing selenium = Brazil nuts, tuna, turkey, rice, fortified cereals, lentils
Disclaimer: I’m not a sports nutritionist or dietician... but I can read the research. 🙃
Reference: Rayman, MP. (2012) Selenium and Human Health, The Lancet, 379(9822), 1256-1268. #selenium #brazilnuts #supplements #nutrients #checkthefacts #critical #educate