Selenium is an essential mineral and a powerful antioxidant. Your body needs it to:
- Maintain healthy thyroid function
- Ward off arthritis
- Slow the aging process
- Fight cancer
Men should be especially concerned about getting enough selenium. It’s the prostate’s best defense against cancer.
Two studies – one an eight-year clinical trial – found that supplementing with selenium led to a 50 percent drop in the risk of prostate cancer.
My own research suggests that selenium combined with vitamin E provides even more protection against prostate cancer. And my findings have been backed up by two studies which reported that vitamin E and selenium proved more powerful at slowing prostate cancer cell growth than either on their own.
All men should be taking 200 mcg of selenium and at least 200 IU of vitamin E daily. Foods that are rich in this mineral include organ meats, garlic, fish, and nuts. (A single Brazil nut contains 100 micrograms of selenium.) Olive oil, almonds, peanuts, spinach, and avocados are great sources of vitamin E.[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears is a practicing physician and the author of The Doctor’s Heart Cure. He is also a nutritional expert, a fitness expert, and is certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Find Dr. Sears’s practical solutions and get immediate access to more than 500 of his articles by visiting www.alsearsmd.com.
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