Selenium for your Thyroid Health

Selenium Health Benefits and the Best sources

Do you have an under active Thyroid? Are you getting the vitamins and minerals needed to support the process?  Here is some info on why Selenium is important to the process.  Soaking your nuts and seeds for best absorption will help your already stressed out body.

Antioxidant Protection
Selenium is required for the proper activity of a group of enzymes called glutathione peroxidases. (sometimes abbreviated “GPO” or “GPx” for a glutathione peroxidase enzyme.) These enzymes play a key role in the body’s detoxification system and they also provide protection against oxidative stress. (Oxidative stress is physiological circumstance in which there is excessive risk of oxygen-related damage to the body.) Of the eight known glutathione peroxidase enzymes, five of them require selenium.
In addition to the activity of glutathione peroxidase, selenium-containing enzymes are involved in recycling of vitamin C from its spent form back to its active one, allowing for greater antioxidant protection.

Support Normal Thyroid Function
A selenium-containing enzyme is responsible for transforming a less active thyroid hormone called T4 into the more active T3. As you’ll see below in the Relationship with Other Nutrients section, selenium and iodine work together to keep thyroid function strong and consistent.
Like the antioxidant protection issue, this is not just an esoteric concern. Researchers have been able to induce problems with the thyroid gland in just two months of a low-selenium diet.
Probably, if you’ve read about food sources of selenium, you’ve read about Brazil nuts as a strong source of the mineral. Depending on where they are grown, this is likely to be true—one ounce of Brazil nuts may contain as much as 10 times the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) recommendation for selenium intake.
Other exceptionally selenium-rich foods include oysters, clams, liver, and kidney. Each of these foods is likely to contain double to triple the DRI in a serving.
Fish and shellfish make up an outsized proportion of our excellent and very good sources. After these come other animal meats, many of which fall in the very good category. Close behind are whole grains and seeds, both of which are well-represented in our good selenium sources category.
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Ideas for Alternative Protein Sources

Alternative Protein Sources

Antioxidant Rich foods: EAT FROM THE RAINBOW!
RED: Lycopene
YELLOW/ORANGE: Beta Carotene & Beta Crytoxanthin
BLUE/PURPLE: Anthocyanins
GREEN: Chlorophyll

GREEN FOOD BASICS:
Green foods have a high content of chlorophyll due to porphyrin rings.
* Chlorophyll and heme units of red blood cells are virtually identical except the center molecule
* Chlorophyll-magnesium
* Heme-Iron
* Heme units are the building blocks for red blood cells
* Therefore, all green foods help the body to create new blood.

How can I combat muscle fatigue?
More GREEN foods create energy in the body! How do plants grow?
They need sun, water, rest, minerals and vitamins, and time.

Spirulina
Can help increase endurance and stamina
Rich source of carotenoids and other valuable phyco-chemicals
May reduce cravings and appetite
Can help promote healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular function
Spirulina has been widely regarded as nature`s most complete nutrient source. Organic Spirulina is a rich, whole-food source of vegetarian protein, chlorophyll, essential amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It contains an abundant amount of phycocyanin, a unique, blue-green pigment that may support healthy immune function.

Chlorella
Rich In Chlorophyll
Chlorella contains up to 7% natural chlorophyll, the highest percentage of any known plant on earth. Plant chlorophyll is one of nature’s most powerful cleansing agents.
Rich In Protein
Chlorella contains about 60% protein that is high quality and easy to assimilate, as compared to rice, about 7% protein.
Protein is essential to support the body’s tissues, metabolism and to build the immune system.
Rich In Nucleic Acids
Chlorella is ultra-rich in nucleic acids, key RNA and DNA factors that help protect every cell and raise energy levels.
Rich In Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF)
This famous key factor can help speed your body’s rejuvenation and restoration naturally.
Rich in Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, Antioxidants
Chlorella is packed full of naturally occurring nutrients, including the powerful antioxidant, lipoic acid. It is an excellent source of iron and vitamin B12, often deficient in older people. Chlorella has more B12 than liver!

*How can I combat muscle fatigue?
More GREEN foods create energy in the body! How do plants grow?
They need sun, water, rest, minerals and vitamins, and time.
IRON:
There are two types of iron —
Heme: found in animal foods
Non-heme: Comes from plants.
Heme iron (the kind from animals) is better absorbed than non-heme iron.
Darker meat is better, more oxygen to the muscles leave the brown color, not fat content. Usually leg/rump cuts are best.

Getting enough iron?
Use Cast iron cookware…Easy!
Good sources of iron are:
Legumes: lentils, soybeans, tofu, tempeh, lima beans
Grains: quinoa, black/brown rice, oatmeal
Nuts and seeds: pumpkin, squash, pine, pistacio, sunflower, cashews, unhulled sesame
Vegetables: swiss chard, collard greens, basil, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans
blackstrap molasses, prune juice, cacao, chocolate, cinnamon, turmeric

B12 Sources: Most fish, calf’s liver, eggs
B6 Sources: Spinach and kale (don’t eat raw), bell peppers, garlic, broccoli, collard greens, Brussel sprouts, crimini musahrooms, celery
ORAC= Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity
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