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Best sources for selenium?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 20, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Hi!

Recently i've been thinking a lot of selenium and iodine after listening to Chris Kresser's podcast.

I live in Scandinavia(Sweden) where we often get too little selenium through the foods we eat.

What i have read so far is that Brazil nuts contains very high amounts of selenium, although some sources say its like 50 ug for 100 grams and some say it's as high as 200 ug per nut!

Can someone shed some light on this?

Does it matter from where the brazile nuts are coming from, or are they similar?

If i were to suplement, how much and what type of selenium should i go for?

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

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on October 22, 2012
at 12:34 AM

Daz, they call em Para Nuts, cos they are from the state of Para.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on October 21, 2012
at 11:10 AM

I have my patients eat the evolutionary package, IE seafood over a supplement all the time. Brazil nuts also have Se in it.

05e260e5bc2acedf51dd24535e2060c9

on October 21, 2012
at 09:18 AM

So supplementation would be a good thing then? Which type of Selenium should i look for in a supplement?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 21, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Pretty much a duplicate of: http://paleohacks.com/questions/71449/selenium-via-food-and-or-supplementation

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 21, 2012
at 12:40 AM

^lol daz....I was gonna go with that too.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4488)

on October 20, 2012
at 11:43 PM

what do they call Brazil nuts in Brazil?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on October 20, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Is that per once, per calorie etc...?

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5650)

on October 20, 2012
at 09:30 PM

i've read you can get your RDA's amount of selenium from 2 brazil nuts. i just eat raw ones.

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6 Answers

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7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

on October 21, 2012
at 08:12 AM

Homemade lard is a good source of selenium with 0.2 mg/100 g.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 20, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Selenium levels in (land based) foods vary geographically, depending on the soil content. http://www.wellnessletter.com/ucberkeley/dietary-supplements/selenium/

The amount of selenium in Brazil nuts depends on the selenium content of the soil where the trees grow. http://www.scientificpsychic.com/blogentries/brazil-nuts-a-variable-source-of-selenium.html

You could try 'google images' for something like 'selenium soil' for some geographic maps showing selenium soil content. & throw in a location you are interested in to further refine the query.

Here are a couple of good sites which detail Selenium food sources; 1. excluding Brazil Nuts, 2. including Brazil nuts

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on October 20, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Seafood.......and it is not close

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on October 21, 2012
at 11:10 AM

I have my patients eat the evolutionary package, IE seafood over a supplement all the time. Brazil nuts also have Se in it.

05e260e5bc2acedf51dd24535e2060c9

on October 21, 2012
at 09:18 AM

So supplementation would be a good thing then? Which type of Selenium should i look for in a supplement?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on October 20, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Is that per once, per calorie etc...?

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81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on October 20, 2012
at 09:57 PM

I know this doesnt answer your question directly, but here's a question I asked a few months ago. It may interest you. http://paleohacks.com/questions/140014/how-to-tell-if-i-am-getting-too-much-selenium#axzz29jvMTGUu

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on October 21, 2012
at 07:40 AM

Kidneys, from reindeer, lamb etc.

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