Selenium & Type 2 Have Special Relationship

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By Deborah Mitchell for

You may want to add Brazil nuts and button mushrooms to your diet sometime soon. Both of these foods, along with selected others, are a rich source of selenium, and a new study indicates that selenium is a good mineral to have if you want to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

What’s the relationship between selenium and type 2 diabetes?
Selenium is a critical mineral that plays many roles in the body, from protecting cells against damage from free radicals (selenium is an antioxidant) to facilitating the production and levels of the thyroid hormone T3 (triiodothyronine) thyroid hormones and reducing the risk of joint inflammation.

According to the authors of this latest study, “At dietary levels of intake, individuals with higher toenail Se [selenium] levels are at lower risk for [type 2 diabetes].” This relationship between selenium and type 2 diabetes is one to consider when making your menu plans.

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