Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and peanut butter, grilled cheese and tomato soup…are a few of my favorite things that are “better together”. I have added a new combo to my daily routine that everyone can benefit from! Before I start writing, I’m gonna run and get a tablespoon of JIF, all of a sudden I have a craving! 😉
The “new” combo I am referring to is vitamin E and selenium.
Each of them, on there own, are powerful antioxidants. For those who are not sure what the benefits of antioxidants are, they are “cell protectors”. Antioxidants inhibit the oxidation of lipids (fats) and the formation of free radicals.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that prevents cell damage, aids in the utilization of vitamin A, protects red blood cells from damage (which is very important as red blood cells transport much needed oxygen to the body) prevents destruction of nerves.
Zinc added to Vitamin E helps regenerate Vitamin C! Another excellent pairing!
Selenium is also an antioxidant and protects the immune system by preventing the formation of free radicals. It is vital in regulating the thyroid hormone on fat metabolism and has been found to prevent the formation of certain tumors.
One study found that just 200 mcg of selenium per day for 10 years can cut the risk of developing lung, prostate and colorectal cancer by 50%!
Selenium deficiency has been linked to cancer, heart disease, exhaustion, growth impairment, high cholesterol and infertility.
Selenium makes a very special protein called “antioxidant enzyme” which helps to prevent cell damage and chronic disease.
When you take these two power houses together, the combination:
- Aids the body in the production of antibodies;
- Helps maintain healthy heart and liver;
- Aids in pancreatic function and elasticity;
- Protects those who “over indulge” in alcohol against cirrhosis;
- Add zinc to the mix and you may be able to reduce an enlarged prostate (provided you have one 😉);
- Increases red and white blood cells, which has shown to help people with AIDS.
Batman and Robin ain’t got nothing on this dynamic duo!!
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