The history of selenium research is long and controversial. For a long time it was considered a poison, but now selenium is recognized as one of the essential substances for the body.
According to scientists’ estimates, people with low levels of selenium in the body have twice the risk of developing cancer (especially gastrointestinal and prostate cancer) than those with high levels.
In recent years, it has even been estimated that perhaps selenium could play a decisive role in the development of some cardiovascular diseases. Selenium and vitamin E are used to treat angina pectoris, as practice has proven that treatment with vitamin E alone does not give any results.
For health, a person needs to take in 0.00001 g of selenium every day. Scientists believe that the lack of this trace element is one of the most important problems of our time – it is not enough in the soil, because selenium is easily washed away by water.
There is a lot of selenium in cereal products (without sugar), coarse flour, but mostly in sea and rock salt. Marine products are also rich in selenium: fish, especially herring, crab, lobster, crawfish, shrimp and squid. Its content is also high in eggs, and the egg yolk also contains vitamin E.
Among plant products, selenium is found in wheat bran, wheat germ, corn kernels, tomatoes, yeast, mushrooms and garlic. Yeast, especially brewer’s yeast, is considered the best source of selenium not only because it contains a lot of this substance – it is there in an easily assimilable and biologically active form.
One of the most affordable and also tastiest sources of selenium is corn. Therefore, a handful of corn flakes with milk (only without sugar) is not only a quick breakfast, but also an excellent anti-cancer prevention tool.