Trace Minerals : Selenium

brazil-nutsSelenium is the next trace mineral in our series A to Zinc. This trace mineral really should be a known as a super mineral. Countless studies over decades have shown that optimal intake of this important disease-fighting nutrient can help prevent heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration, slow cellular aging, reduce fat oxidation in the body, inhibit plaque formation in the arteries, and even halt the progress of HIV infection.

Selenium acts as a powerful antioxidant that fights damaging articles in the body known as free radicals, especially when combined with vitamin E. The body doesn’t need much selenium and the RDA for an adult is 55 mcg per day, Continue reading “Trace Minerals : Selenium”

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Men and Fertility

Fertility is not just a women’s issue. Statistics show that 35-40% of infertility issues are male related. So it makes sense to look at how men can improve their chances for conception, as well.

Stress, alcohol and smoking are the most common culprits when dealing with male-related infertility, but there are many other factors that can lower testosterone, decrease sperm concentration, limit motility or even damage sperm, including:

· Obesity

· Prescription medications: talk to your doctor to see if the medications you are taking affect fertility

· Heavy metals, such as lead and mercury

· Hot baths, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and laptops Continue reading “Men and Fertility”

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Vitamin E: Link to Prostate Cancer?

A new study in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) found that long-term use of vitamin E increased the risk of prostate cancer. The study showed that a dose of 400 IU vitamin E was not likely to provide benefit for preventing cancer, and in fact found an increased risk for developing prostate cancer. However, when vitamin E was combined with selenium, the risk was reduced even more than with the placebo.

Perhaps this is evidence of the importance of nutrients working together in synergy as opposed to isolating one specific nutrient.

So, should men stop taking vitamin E? Well, this is the first study that has shown a significant link towards cancer. So, talk to your doctor or health care practitioner about what is best for you. If you continue to take vitamin E, choose one that encompasses all aspects of vitamin E as well as the mineral selenium.

Do not disregard the importance of vitamin E in our lives. Deficiencies can result in many issues such as digestive system problems where nutrients are poorly absorbed from the digestive tract. These problems include pancreatic disease, gallbladder disease, liver disease, and celiac disease. Vitamin E deficiency symptoms can also include neuropathy, muscle weakness, slow tissue repair and dry skin and hair. Diet is still the best way to get most nutrients, and luckily vitamin E is readily available in many foods.

A diet rich in foods that contain vitamin E has actually shown to be beneficial in reducing prostate risk. Sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, egg yolks and whole grains are all great dietary sources of vitamin E and can easily help meet your daily vitamin E requirement without supplementation.



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Thyroid Tune-Up

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 7 years ago. Having an underactive thyroid can cause fatigue, weight gain, and sleep problems. However, some people have hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, which can cause weight loss and sleep problems. The thyroid is a little gland that plays a big role in your body, and keeping it running properly with some key nutrients will make a big difference.

Some research has shown that as many as 59% of Americans have a thyroid condition of some kind. Hypothyroidism is the most common, and it usually crops up in women, people older than 60, and those with a family history of thyroid problems. The most common cause is iodine deficiency, however, autoimmune diseases, radiation treatments, and certain medications play a larger role in the US.

Symptoms are varied and the list is long, but they can include fatigue, forgetfulness, depression, dry hair and skin, weight gain, intolerance to cold, and constipation. Continue reading “Thyroid Tune-Up”

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June 2022