Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Selenium Supplementation

Monday, 28 Feb 2011 09:54 AM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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Question: I have heard that taking selenium and iodine together can increase health benefits as much as 100 percent over taking iodine alone. Is that true?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Selenium is a very important nutrient for the body, especially the thyroid gland. I have written extensively about the need for ensuring adequate selenium status in my book, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It. For those with autoimmune thyroid disease, it is important to have your selenium levels checked, and supplement if they are low.

Excessive supplementation with selenium can be problematic, however. If you are supplementing with selenium, it is best to periodically check selenium levels. I have yet to find toxicity with selenium supplementation in the range of 100 to 200 mcg/day.

Good food sources of selenium include nuts, meat, mushrooms, fish, and eggs. Selenium is a cofactor for many different enzymes in the body including glutathione peroxidase.

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