The WONDERS of Selenium!

Jake Ames, MD, HMD.

This is such an important mineral that I have 100% of my patients supplementing with it. At least over one billion people worldwide are low on it. Most people need to take it as a supplement, because of all the heavy metals we are exposed to.

I use it on my patients to detoxify mercury, cadmium, arsenic, antimony and thallium.

Benefits of Selenium

  • It prevents most cancers
  • helps protect you from infectious diseases
  • helps your thyroid gland make thyroid hormon
  • It is a very powerful antioxidant, and its antioxidant effects increase when combined with vitamin E.

I only prescribe Unique E, 400 IU a day with 2 teaspoons of fat.

The minimum daily recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for selenium is 55 micrograms (mcg) for adults. I consider this dose way too low. The average adult is so toxic with heavy metals these days, that I put them on 400 mcg a day of methylselenocysteine, which is a safer form of selenium. I use higher doses on people with cancer or severe heavy metal poisonings.

How does Selenium work?

It acts like a birth control pill for viruses. It helps to prevent viral replication. It should be used for all viral infections. I use it to prevent herpes outbreaks, usually at a dose of 400-600 mcg a day, as well as L-Lysine 3,000 mg a day, and vitamin C 1,000 mg three times a day. During an outbreak, I increase the dosis to 800 mcg a day, L-Lysine to 6,000 mg a day and increase vitamin C until bowel tolerance (just shy of diarrhea).


Selenium slows the progression of an HIV positive person going into AIDS.


I use it in treating Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease. I also take these people 100% off gluten, detoxify them of mercury, and put them on lithium orotate 20 mg a day, or more for Graves’ disease. Lugol’s iodine helps most of the time in both diseases. Rarely, Lugol’s iodine can worsen these diseases if one is low on selenium.

Natural food sources that are high in selenium include:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Predatory fish
  • Liver
  • Organic eggs
  • Mushrooms

Tuna and other predatory fish contain mercury, but most of the mercury is bound to selenium. I advise all of my patients to just supplement with methylselenocysteine. It looks like we also need sodium selenite and selenomethionine. I like to use all three types together in many of my patients.

Selenium forms selenoproteins (proteins containing selenium) that influence our immune system, thyroid gland and other glands and tissues. Optimal doses of selenium will protect us from mercury. Selenium binds to mercury forming selenide which makes mercury harmless.

Chronic mercury exposure is one cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Selenium at optimal doses will help protect you from Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, hypothyroidism, viral infections, and heart attacks. This is one mineral that you need to be supplementing.


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