Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 18, 2007


I’ve been taking a high dosage of zinc since the end of February and although I’ve found great success, I’m still waiting patiently for more results. Maybe it’s time to look at something else?

I still have candida but it has improved since taking zinc. My knees are still very weak, my adrenals are stressed and I suspect my thyroid is effected. I keep checking my head for the hair loss but the effects from the zinc seem to have stopped. Back to Doctor Google and I come across a reference to hair loss.

Zinc and Selenium for better Hair Loss Treatment

The root of many hair loss problems is due to mineral and vitamin deficiency as clearly pointed out by Elizabeth Wotton, N.D. who is a naturopathic doctor at Compass Family Health Center in Plymouth, Massachusetts.She recommends that in order to remedy this situation ,it is of utmost importance to correct such deficiency by absorbing the proper vitamins and minerals and also if necessary to correct any improper indigestion problem In fact ,there are two minerals that are responsible for possible loss of hair, namely selenium and zinc.

A deficiency of both these minerals can ,eventually,affect the healthy growth of your hair, as both these minerals, as observed by researchers,aid in the in the utilization of protein that your body needs to help produce hair.

Your skin and scalp will thus become more supple and elastic and dandruff will be under control thanks to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. As a result of which, your hair will develop and grow normally. Zinc on the other hand is required for the maintenance of normal connective tissue structures and also for the synthesis of normal collagen. As with Selenium, Zinc may promote healthy hair growth and slow hair loss.

We can conclude that deficiencies in selenium and zinc can contribute to hair loss.It is one of the main cause of baldness in people.Knowing the cause of your hair loss is very important to determine the nature of treatment best for you.

I’ve taken Selenium now and again in the past but maybe it’s time to look at the other things that are effected by a Selenium deficiency. Selenium is linked with hair loss, candida, thyroid function and joint pain.

Selenium deficiencies limit cellular immunity against yeast.

Phagocytes (cells active in cell-mediated immunity) require selenium for the enzyme glutathione peroxidase function. Peroxidase activity in phagocytes is higher than in most other tissues (approximately twice that in red blood cells), and this is reflected in a higher need for selenium. The glutathione peroxidase system is an antioxidant enzyme system and is especially critical for phagocytic cell function. It has been experimentally demonstrated that selenium deficiency selectively causes a predisposition to yeast infection.

Support of the thyroid gland

In addition to iodine, selenium is a critical mineral for maintaining proper function of the thyroid gland. In order for the thyroid to produce the most active form of its hormone (a version of thyroid hormone that is called T3), selenium is not only essential, but also helps regulate the amount of hormone that is produced.

Joint Pain

Joints benefit from an adequate intake of selenium. Mucopolysaccharides need selenium to be produced. These molecules lubricate joints and keep them working longer. Without lubrication, the bones in your joints would grind on each other and possibly cause rheumatoid arthritis.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are one of the most concentrated food sources of selenium, featuring about 70-90 micrograms per nut. Brazil nuts may contain as much as 544 micrograms of selenium per ounce. It is wise to eat Brazil nuts only occasionally because of their unusually high intake of selenium.

Although supplemental selenium by itself has not been shown to cause improvement in RA, selenium taken together with vitamin E appears to have measurable positive results.

Supplements

With regard to dietary supplements, there is some evidence that vitamin C inactivates selenium within the digestive tract. Persons who are concerned about their selenium intake may prefer to take supplemental selenium in the absence of vitamin C.

Some naturopaths recommend taking selenium together with vitamin E on the grounds that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.

All this is very interesting. I’ve taken Selenium without any effect in the past and now I find out that vitamin C inactivates selenium within the digestive tract. Since I’ve been taking vitamin C everyday in dosages ranging from 500-2500 mg. Could that be why I had no progress in the past?

I’ll try taking selenium again but this time, I’ll eat a few Brazil nuts a day and I pick some up on my lunch hour.

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