Selenium: The Much-Needed Antioxidant Element for Detoxification and Protection

Cloves of garlic.

Foods like onions, garlic, excess red meat, spicy foods, and processed foods may increase body odor.  (Image: congerdesign via Pixabay)

We are taught about the importance of calcium in our bodies. Do you know about another rarely mentioned trace element that functions to detoxify and help fight against cancer and blood clots? That is selenium. Selenium can be found in plenty of foods. These include garlic, purple sweet potato, eggs, ginkgo, seafood, fish, meat, sesame, malt, milkvetch, mushrooms, and animal organs.

Some recommended recipes that are high in selenium

Honeyed garlic

If raw garlic does not agree with you, try the following method to create a less strong flavor.

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  • Peel off the garlic skin, cut off the top and base, and rinse well
  • Put garlic, 2 tsp of salt, and water into a container and soak for about 24 hours
  • Turn the soaked garlic upside down to drain the water and dry with a kitchen towel
  • Put the dried garlic into a glass or earthen jar
  • Add a small amount of honey, pour in vinegar to cover up all the garlic, and add a pinch of salt
  • Seal and store in a cool place for three to four weeks

Poached eggs

Eggs are rich in selenium. For every 100 g, pork contains 10.6 micrograms (mcg) of selenium whereas chicken eggs contain 23.3 mcg, duck eggs 30.7 mcg, and goose eggs 33.6 mcg. For better health, raw and fried eggs should be avoided, while poached eggs are best.


  • Put an egg in a pot with water and slowly bring to a boil
  • When the water is boiling, lower the heat and cook for three minutes
  • Switch off and let the egg rest in the hot water for five minutes

Eggs are rich in selenium.

Eggs are rich in selenium. (Image: via Pixabay)

Chestnut millet congee

Both chestnuts and millet contain a good amount of selenium. This recipe is recommended for frequent consumption.


  • Gather a small handful of cooked chestnuts, peel off the skin and cut into small pieces
  • Wash the millet and put it in a pot with the chopped chestnut and water
  • Boil till the millet is done and serve

Mushroom chicken stew

Mushroom and chicken make a remarkably tasty dish that is rich in selenium and other nutrients.


  • Wash the mushrooms in warm water
  • Put the chicken in a pot with water, boil at high heat
  • Skim off any residue, add wine, salt, sectioned green onion, mushrooms, and dates
  • Cook over medium heat until the meat is soft and tender

Translated by Cecilia and edited by Helen

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