Selenium is a mineral that protects our body against damage by acting as an anti-oxidant. Selenium helps to regulate blood pressure and keep our immune system healthy.
Look to include selenium rich foods such as nuts and seeds, mushrooms, eggs, fish or grain-based foods like muesli and pasta in your weekly diet to ensure you have plenty.
A diet rich in the foods above should meet the selenium needs of most people. You can easily get all the selenium you need from just one Brazil nut, but it is best not to eat more than 2 or 3 per day on a regular basis to avoid selenium toxicity.
As with other trace elements, more is not necessarily better. Too much selenium can be harmful to your body, so you should take selenium supplements only when advised by your doctor.
Last modified: January 18, 2022