Selenium is a mineral found in whole grains and some seafood. It interacts with the brain to produce feelings of well being. Clinical research has shown that a low selenium diet can cause depression and feelings of sadness.
Selenium is a great mineral to ingest into the body. Research suggests it helps protect against cancer, promote a healthy immune system and increase fertility in infertile males.
It assists in the removal of feelings of depression, fatigue and anxiety. In one study of people with low levels of selenium, those who consumed a diet high in selenium reported decreased feelings of depression after 5 weeks. ( Harry Croft, MD (Psychiatrist) Medical Director, HealthyPlace.com)
“According to scientists from the Department of Psychology at the University of Wales in Swansea, a deficiency in selenium – an essential trace element found in cereal grains, meat and fish – may be associated with increased anxiety, depression and fatigue. It also acts as an antioxidant and can help the body to fight cancer and heart disease. The current average adult intake of selenium for women and men is thought to be around 43 micrograms (mcg) per day. This compares unfavourably with the government’s recommended daily intake of 75mcg for men and 60mcg per day for women.”(Wynnie Chan Dr, Nutrition: Selenium deficiencies and your mood)