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Updated: Oct 4, 2022



Also in modern times it is often the case that the supply of certain micronutrients is not optimal. The typical symptoms of deficiency may not occur, but unspecific signs such as fatigue, susceptibility to colds or changes in skin, hair and nails can be noticed. Such a situation can be adjusted by the well-known trace element, selenium. Selenium occurs naturally in soils – the further away from the sea, the less selenium is present in the soil. Soils in our region are eroded by acid rains and fertilizers containing sulphate, which are used in agriculture. The resulting selenium deficiency in fruits and vegetables is one of the causes of a possible poor selenium supply in humans.

Why do we need selenium?

It is known that selenium can bind heavy metals particularly well. This results in stable selenium complexes, which are then excreted and so cannot inflict any further damage to the body. In addition, selenium is a part of important detoxifying enzymes that protect cells against free radicals, which cause oxidative damage. Also Vitamin E, which is very important for the stability of all cell membranes, is thereby, with help of vitamin C , protected from being destroyed by the free radicals. Therefore, selenium, although necessary for the body only in small amounts – too much would also be unhealthy- is a vital trace element. It can be found in all organs and tissues of our body, such as in the heart, brain, liver and testes. But the largest share of selenium is present in our skeletal muscles, with a total share of 40%.

Selenium deficiency leads to redistribution of selenium reservoirs. Consequently, the remaining selenium is introduced into the organs and tissues that keep the main body functions running, such as the thyroid gland, the pancreas and the adrenal glands. This can cause an undersupply in other organs. In certain situations, a higher selenium demand may exist, which cannot be compensated solely by a daily diet. In these cases it is reasonable to supply the body with appropriate amount of selenium through dietary supplements.


Every day, our organism has a complex task to metabolize almost all received food components. This means that the body rebuilds the nutrients compounds in order to gain the essential energy and build muscle. The unusable or excess nutrients are metabolized in such a way so that they can be excreted out of the body. Some of them will unfortunately be stored and, among others, stored as fat. Important: In this case, no so-called “metabolic waste” arises as was often heard to be the case. Thus, the body does not need to be cleansed.

Unfortunately, we additionally take in synthetic substances such as drugs, which are either not conducive to the body at all or are conducive only to a slight extent. Some substances such as heavy metals, which are also found in many foods, can as well be toxic. These mainly include mercury and lead, which is why it is recommended to counteract them.

Plant extracts with sulfur compounds such as wild garlic or the original algae Chlorella can reduce absorption of such hazardous substances already in the intestinal tract. Also coriander and turmeric (known as the “Yellow” in curry) can help the body to better eliminate undesirable substances. Trace elements such as zinc and selenium have similar functions, as they are necessary for the proper function of detoxification enzymes. But since we do not take all of these substances in appropriate quantities on a daily basis, it may be therefore advisable to support the body in its complex tasks with nutritional supplements and thus to contribute a bit ourselves to our own well-being .

(written by Laura Ocken, BFB Pharma Handel GmbH; Translation: Ewa Ficek, BFB Pharma Handel GmbH)

Food supplements are not a Substitute for a varied balanced diet and a healthy style of life.

For more information:

Dr. Becker

BFB Pharma Handel GmbH,

Steintostr. 6

30159 Hannover

Tel.: 0511 169 2161


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