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Best Selenium supplement

Recently diagnosed with Hashimotos, looking at the forums I see lots of people posting about selenium supplements. Can anyone suggest a good make, should it be organic, what dosage? Thanks everyone x

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blackcornish1964 Some brands of selenium have a very strong, unpleasant smell. I originally started with Doctor's Best capsules and although not overpowering it wasn't all that pleasant.

I now use Cytoplan, they are small oval tablets and no unpleasant smell. They are a very good brand and are 'food state' They only make a 100mcg dose tablet and the recommended dose is 200mcg daily. Selenium helps with the conversion of T4 to T3 and also helps reduce antibody attacks in Hashimoto's.

Cytoplan direct frequently have 3 for 2 so it's worth checking although their latest offers have just finished, I stocked up last week on a couple of their supplements. If they're not on offer then Health Monthly is generally cheaper than anywhere else.

cytoplan.co.uk/selenium

healthmonthly.co.uk/cytopla...

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Thanks that is brilliant x

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PS - I've found Cytoplan Selenium 200mcg at Nutri Supplements, better value than the 100mcg ones if not on 3 for 2 with Cytoplan.

nutri-supplements.co.uk/cyt...

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Mussels are an excellent food source of selenium and vitamin B12.

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We use Thorne which have a good reputation for quality:

uk.iherb.com/Thorne-Researc...

But came across Cytoplan online and they look like high quality supplements.

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Just eat two or three Brazil nuts a day - natural and cheaper!

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Apparently Brazil nuts don't necessarily always contain selenium, only do if grown in selenium rich soil. So levels vary

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I read that only Brazil nuts grown in Brazil contain selenium. We don't always know where they're from though.

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Not true.

Sounds like that was a rumour put out by the Brazilian nut sellers' organisation.

The levels of selenium do vary. Brazil nut trees have tremendous root systems and can absorb elements not apparently available to other plants. Some regions may have less even in these deep locations.

Most Brazil nuts do not come from Brazil these days.

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I also eat brazil nuts!

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Brazil nuts have to be grown in selenium rich soil to contain enough selenium. Unless the packet states that the chance is there is not enough selenium to be of any use. With supplements you know what you are getting.

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I take Source Naturals which I got off Amazon... about £8.00 for 200mcg 60 tablets.. they don't smell very nice! I've only just started taking them so can't comment yet on how good they are.

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There is some debate about what the dosage should be. Depending on the source you consult, the daily dosage should not exceed either 400mcg or 800mcg. After corresponding with one of the admins here, I am taking my trace mineral supplement (contains 200mcg selenium) every other day, to keep my daily dosage at 100mcg.

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