How Selenium Can Help You Shed Pounds

Shrimp - high in Selenium

 One source of weight gain may have little to do with overeating or lacking exercise. Rather, it could be your thyroid that's to blame. The thyroid is a large, ductless gland in the neck that controls the controlling the release of hormones that affect how fat, protein and carbohydrates are used in the body. When your thyroid fails to make and release enough of these hormones, one of multiple symptoms can be otherwise unexplained weight gain.


Among the best ways to ensure a healthy thyroid is by adopting a diet that provides adequate daily intake of selenium, a trace mineral that the body uses to regulate thyroid function. A healthy adult needs about 55 micrograms of selenium a day. To that end, Metabolic Research Center offers this list of food items that are good, better and best sources of selenium.




  • Brown rice

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Sesame seeds

  • Cow's milk

  • Flax seeds

  • Cabbage

  • Spinach

  • Garlic

  • Broccoli

  • Swiss chard




  • Turkey

  • Chicken

  • Lamb

  • Scallops

  • Beef

  • Barley

  • Tofu

  • Eggs




  • Tuna

  • Shrimp

  • Sardines

  • Salmon

  • Cod

  • Crimini mushrooms

  • Shiitake mushrooms

  • Asparagus

  • Mustard seeds



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