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August Health Show: Focus on Selenium

from Jana Mitcham
August 13, 2005

The August Health Show Conference Call focused on the mineral selenium. This "mighty mineral" is supportive of the immune system and thyroid gland and it has an important role in the development, growth, metabolism and defense of the body. Read the dialogue between your host Diamond affiliate Meme Groseth (MG) and Vitamark Executive Vice President, Jana Mitcham (JM), to find out about this amazing mineral about which you can say: "Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers. However, the FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive."


This month's show started with a discussion of NaturFlex (the free product give-away on the call). Let's enter the discussion:

MG: That is exciting? we are well into the summer and I know people have been playing and working extra hard and probably creating some extra demands on their body joints. I am speaking to all you wanna be athletes, home remodeling fans, exercise enthusiasts and farmers. Or just any of you who are overdoing it or trying something new! NaturFlex with its glucosamine sulfate, MSM and chondroitin sulfate is the perfect product to provide both short term and long-term (for those of you with chronic joint concerns) support. NaturFlex also provides many more benefits. All this and you get it free!

MG: Congratulations winners! Don't forget to notify the Home Office to claim your free Naturflex joint support product.

MG: Jana, I know that you have some exciting news about selenium ? an ingredient in VitaOne, Vita-Che, Blitz Chewable (our 3 basic vitamin/mineral products), Primalux (for prenatal and nursingneeds), Coral Calcium+,Vitamin E and in the trace mineral base of our fabulous Limu Plus product.

MG: Before we get started, let me remind you that our Health Show is for educational purposes only and is not intended to make claims that our Vitamark products treat, cure or prevent any diseases. Our products are designed to give the body needed nutrients so that it can provide the healing that God intends.

JM: Great information Meme. Before we get started, let's see if anyone would like to share a testimonial.

(Callers offered their personal testimonials?)

MG: Thanks for sharing please email your testimonials to Jana ( so that all of the Vitamark family might benefit. And don't forget to check Jana's Corner for a transcript of the Health Show.

MG: Now, Jana, about that fabulous selenium.

JM: Sure Meme. An apple a day keep's the doctor away and now there?s a new study that may tell us why.

MG: Apple's are delicious for sure but I'll bet a lot of people have eaten them because of this age-old saying, would you agree, Jana?

JM: I certainly would Meme and now many will learn why it's proving to be true.

JM: We are all familiar with a group of protective nutritionals called antioxidants well Apple skins are high in antioxidants, especially a trace mineral called selenium.

MG: For your protection be sure you wash the skins thoroughly! And, speaking about protection, I noticed on our website that the products that contain selenium say: "Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, the FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive. When making that claim must it be stated exactly that way?

JM: Yes, it must if you don't want to have legal visitors.

MG: Believe me you don't want those visitors or to spend time in any of their facilities, which is what could happen if you don't follow required guidelines. Enough about that, tell me more about selenium.

JM: I?d be happy to! According to a recent study individuals found with a high level of selenium in their blood had a 34 percent lower risk of developing a colon cancer compared to those with the lowest levels of selenium.

MG: Jana, this was the study where you pointed out that if your levels are already adequate increasing your selenium may not have the same effect. But it does indicate that if you do not get enough selenium in your diet or through supplementation you may be at higher risk.

MG: How can you determine how much selenium you are getting?

JM: To calculate how much you might be getting you need to consider your diet and the soil where you live.

MG: I'll bet I know why the soil is important! You've told us for years that the nutritional value of conventionally grown foods is lower, much lower, than in the past due to soil depletion and erosion. In fact I've heard you quote research from 1939 saying that many of our soils are mineral deplete. I believe that it was the summer of 2000 or 2001 when that article appeared in the American Journal of Medicine saying all Americans needed to consider supplementing with vitamins and minerals to get adequate nutrition. They pointed out it could be due to depleted soils! Bottom line: not enough selenium for many of us.

JM: Wow, Meme, you said a mouthful there. Which brings us back to the apple and the other sources of selenium you can eat more of to make up for what you might not be getting. What are some good sources?

JM: Brazil nuts, protein foods such as fish, meat, poultry, cereals and grains.

MG: How much selenium should you get ?

JM: According to Dr. Wright in a Health Science Institute article, Dr. Jonothan Wright advises supplementation with 200-500 mcgs a day (he says to work with your health care professional). The RDI is 70 mcg. Vitamark products that contain measurable selenium are Coral Calcium+, Primalux, Vitamin E, Vita-Che, VitaOne and Blitz Chewable Supplement. And it is in the trace mineral base of our fabulous Limu Plus.

MG: Wow! All our basics contain this important mineral. Jana, I'd like to summarize some of the research, as I understand it.

JM: Go right ahead.

MG: I understand that it is indicated in the prevention of colorectal cancer. I also understand that it might offer preventive protection from prostate and breast cancer, as well. Selenium is also supportive of the immune system and thyroid gland, and has an important role in the development, growth, metabolism and defense of the body. And it helps rid the body of toxic metals like mercury.

JM: Well done Meme. I think everyone has a new respect for this "Mighty Mineral".

MG: I know that I certainly do and I am glad that Vitamark has made it a part of all it's basic vitamin/mineral programs to protect us all ? from the youngest to the oldest! Now, let's close with some testimonials.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Dodig S, Cepelak I. "The facts and controversies about selenium." Acta Pharm 2004; 54(4): 261-276

Jacobs ET, "Selenium and colorectal adenoma: results of a pooled analysis." J Natl Cancer Inst. 2004; 96(22): 1,669-1,675


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