Most people have elevated concentrations of mercury in their body. Some of the common ways we’re exposed to mercury is through industrial pollution, fish, vaccinations, processed food (including food dyes and high fructose corn syrup), and dental amalgam fillings.
One of the best detoxifying agents to prevent mercury build-up is the mineral selenium. Selenium has a powerful affinity for binding toxic agents in the body and neutralizes their harmful activity. When mercury and selenium bind, this new compound cannot be absorbed by the body so it is removed as waste.
Selenium may also be an alternative method in the fight against cancer treatment, as well as helping individuals struggling with chronic and infectious inflammatory diseases.
Selenium binds protective antioxidants to areas of DNA that need repair. This process reduces the damage to cellular DNA, and is especially important to reduce cancer growth, improve the aging process, and prevent against many degenerative diseases.
Research has been shown that selenium can contribute to natural antioxidant pathways which stimulate apoptosis (cell death) in human cancer cells.
Brazil nuts are the best food source of selenium with around 50-75 mcg selenium per nut. Just a small handful (2 large, or a few small ones) will supplement the selenium you need for the entire day! Other excellent sources include pasture-raised eggs, mushrooms, shellfish, meat (including organ meats), as well as seeds.