Selenium is an essential trace mineral and antioxidant that protects your cells, boosts the immune system, and helps fight infection.
: Never change your diet without first consulting your physician.
Step 1: Eat Brazil nuts Eat Brazil nuts, the food source containing the most selenium. One ounce may contain 544 micrograms of selenium – 780 percent of the recommended daily value. Not far behind are delicious macadamia nuts.
TIP: Eat Brazil nuts only occasionally, as their unusually high levels of selenium could lead to toxic levels.
Step 2: Enjoy shiitakes Enjoy shiitake mushrooms, which are one of the only non-animal sources of vitamin B12 and vitamin D as well as selenium.
Step 3: Have seafood Have fish and seafood high in selenium, including tuna, swordfish, halibut, salmon, cod, herring, lobster, crab, oysters, and mollusks.
Step 4: Eat meat Eat meat. Nearly all animal products, including pork, turkey, chicken, beef, and lamb, contain a significant amount of selenium.
TIP: Eggs are a good alternative source for people who are lacto-ovo vegetarians.
Step 5: Eat whole grains Eat whole grain cereals, whole wheat bread, and brown rice, which are among the best sources of selenium.
FACT: Selenium was discovered by Jons Jacob Berzelius, a Swedish chemist, in 1817.