Selenium in your Smoothie Keeps Ebola Away

ebola The role of selenium in disease prevention may be much more profound than previously imagined. Adults need at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of the mineral selenium per day for a healthy immune system. Throwing four Brazil nuts per day in your smoothie recipe and reaches that goal. Selenium functions as an antioxidant and a component of another antioxidant, glutathione peroxidase. Deficiencies of either substance impair the body’s immune system and ability to fight infections.

Some viruses, including the common cold, feed off selenium, but there are links to the more serious Ebola and HIV viruses that both contain genes dependent on selenium. When selenium levels in Ebola-infected cells drop, or are low to begin with, the virus reproduces and “escapes” in search of cells with more selenium-spreading the infection throughout the body. Eek! Maintaining healthy selenium levels can contain the spread of viruses and although the link between selenium and Ebola is not completely confirmed, the HIV link with the mineral is enough evidence that you may not want to take the risk. Use these selenium rich foods in your smoothie or juice if only because old Jack Frost is already rapping vigorously at your immune system:


  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds contains 19mcg of selenium, for 34% of daily requirement and 204 calories.
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds contains 12mcg of selenium, for 23% of daily requirement and 206 calories.
  • 2 tsp. of flaxseed contains 4mcg of selenium, for 7% daily requirement and 75 calories.
  • ­1 cup cabbage contains 3.5 mcg ­ 6% of DRI and 44 calories.
  • ­1 cup spinach contains 3 mcg ­ 5% of DRI and 41 calories.
  • ­1 cup broccoli contains 2.5 mcg ­ 4% of DRI and 55 calories.
  • Chia seed – 1 oz. contains 15 mcg and provides ­28% of your daily requirement.