Selenium is a water-soluble mineral and antioxidant that is crucial for your detoxification health, thyroid health, central nervous system health, reproductive and fertility health, and immune system health. Its role in the first trimester of pregnancy is three-fold:
- Thyroid Function Support: Selenium is essential for thyroid health, and works to help you make the most active thyroid hormone T3 (tri-iodothyronine).
- Detoxification Support: Selenium works in Phase 1 of your liver detoxification, making fat-soluble toxins, water-soluble, so you can poop, pee, sweat, and spit them out! Less toxicity exposure to you and to baby.
- Antioxidant Support: Selenium work with Niacin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Glutathione to stop oxygen molecules from causing oxidative stress (toxicity and inflammation) in your body. Improves your immune system health!
We recommend 100-200mcg of selenium* everyday. You can find selenium in many of your favorite foods. In fact just 2 Brazil nuts a day will help you meet our recommendation for daily selenium intake.
Top Selenium Rich Foods
- Brazil Nuts
- Sunflower Seeds
*More may be needed on an individual basis. Check with your healthcare provider.
Posted on Oct 10, 2014