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Mercury – Selenium – Thyroid Cancer

Posted on: October 21, 2016

Something I read: “Selenium Benefits: A Unique Trace Mineral That Provides Powerful Cancer Prevention“. One of the supplement my nutritionist prescribe.

Something new I learnt from the article:

About mercury: (since I also suffer from high level of mercury in blood)

  • Mercury binds easily to fatty tissue especially in the kidneys, liver, and brain.

  • One of the best detoxifying agents to prevent mercury build-up is the mineral selenium.

  • A deficiency of trace minerals can readily allow mercury to accumulate in and contaminate cells by inhibiting their natural energy producing abilities, blocking enzymatic activity and shutting down antioxidant systems.

About selenoprotein enzymes:

  • selenoprotein enzymes are generated by the body by incorporating the trace mineral selenium into proteins. These enzymes function like antioxidants, destroying free radicals thus limiting oxidative damage. They also stimulate thyroid function and optimize the immune system.

  • When mercury binds to selenium, the production of selenoproteins is reduced. This promotes immune dysfunction and abnormal thyroid function.

About selenium:

  • selenium is a “mercury magnet”

  • When mercury and selenium bind, this new compound cannot be absorbed by the body so it is removed as waste.

  • We must include a surplus of selenium in our body to reduce mercury levels.

  • Mercury contamination might require you to increase selenium consumption up to 1000 mcg each day. It is recommended that one consume between 200-400 micrograms of selenium daily. Although too much selenium is toxic.

  • Brazil nuts are the best food source of selenium with around 50-75 mcg selenium per nut. A small handful (max 6 nuts) will supplement the selenium you need for the entire day. Other excellent sources include pasture-raised eggs, mushrooms, shellfish, meat (including organ meats), as well as seeds.

And the most alarming, to me,

Selenium Deficiency Linked to Thyroid Cancer

  • Specifically, low selenium levels are associated with an increased risk of thyroid cancer.

  • This is due to the crucial role it plays on protecting the thyroid gland from damage.

  • The incorporation of selenium into selenoproteins is essential for optimal thyroid health and for the protective effects of these antioxidant systems throughout the entire body.

Now it kind of explains most of the thing, if not everything for my case.





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