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BRAZIL NUTS & SELENIUM - "A COMMON THYROID MISTAKE" Nutrient depletions are very common in Hashimoto's and thyroid conditions in general. One particular nutrient that is depleted is Selenium. A dosage of 200 mcg per day has been found to reduce thyroid antibodies in clinical trials, in some studies Selenium cut the antibodies in half within three months. Furthermore, ultrasounds of the thyroid following selenium supplementation showed reduced lesions in the thyroid gland. While it may be tempting to increase selenium intake by increasing consumption of selenium-rich foods such as Brazil nuts, it is important to realize that selenium content varies widely for foods grown in different soils. While the Dakotas have selenium-rich soils, other areas such as Russia and China have deficient levels of selenium. Again, importation of foods further complicates these issues. The amounts of selenium in a single Brazil nut have been reported to range tenfold depending on where the nut was grown. This means there could be anywhere from 55 mcg to 550 mcg per ounce of nuts. Additionally, absorption issues due to GI problems may limit the availability of selenium from food sources. CLICK BELOW FOR FULL ARTICLE ON SELENIUM: http://www.thyroidpharmacist.com/blog/nutrient-depletions-in-hashimotos-part-i-selenium