Selenium Poisoning Remedies

| Modified: Oct 03, 2018
Add New Post Selenium is a mineral that's essential to the body in both pets and people in very small amounts but it can be toxic and even fatal in large dosages. Exceeding 400 micrograms of selenium per day can lead to selenosis, that is poisoning due to excessive intake of selenium.

Selenium is found in varying quantities within agricultural soils throughout the world. So your food will have more or less selenium depending on where it was grown. Regardless, Brazil nuts, fish, and poultry are among the foods richest in selenium. As to dietary requirements and safe limites, the highest tolerable level of selenium is 400mcg daily intake. Consuming 800mcg of selenium can potentially cause toxicity.

Symptoms of Selenium Poisoning: These can include muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, joint pain, fatigue, loss of fingernails, blistering skin, and neurological damage.

Selenium Toxicity From Tree Nuts

Posted by Gooseberry (Barnstead, Nh, Usa) on 01/18/2013

I was wonderging if you knew of an effective way to rid the body of selenium. I have read on your posts how selenium binds with mercury and other metals in the body. I have multiglandular problems, one of which causes intense water and salt wasting for which I have to consume a lot of water and celtic sea salt. I eat no grains or legumes. In an effort to find protein sources, I began eating a lot of tree nuts, many of which were brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, and walnuts. Not realizing it (they were really good), over the period of a couple of weeks became selenium toxic.

In the process of eating and increasing my consumption of the tree nuts, my water/salt problem had amazingly started going away, so I stayed with the tree nuts. After about 3 or 4 days of not having intense craving for salt and water, I began realizing that something was very wrong. I had been having what I call sparks in my brain, then my nerves had problems then my heart. When I fell into a door and almost past out I began researching and found my culprit, selenium. I obviously stopped anything that has selenium in it.

Now, my question, if selenium binds to metals, how do I get this out of my system?

Thanks from Renee

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
2113 posts

Gooseberry: Do you have a strong garlic-like odor coming from your body? This is one of the classic symptoms of Se toxicity.

Avoidance and time should resolve the excess, but it is possible you aren't utilizing Se properly which in turn could cause a Glutathione deficiency. Try this regimen to correct any utilization problems. Take 1 or 2 grms NAC daily and Vit-E (mixed Tocopherols & Tocotreinols) 400 IU 2x daily. Before retiring take 3mg Melatonin. This will force the Selenium to be used as Selenium Peroxidase and Glutathione Peroxidase, coenzymes critical in defense and antioxidant. CoQ10 would also be beneficial, especially energy production. This might provide some healing to your seemingly stressed glandular system.

Replied by Anon

Hi, as soon as you stop eating them your selenium stores will decrease as we use this up every day - generally taking nuts like any supplement should not be every day- say 5 days on 2 days off (weekend) to give body a rest. A hair mineral analysis would give you your selenium status but anyway after stopping taking nuts for a while you should notice your symptoms get better.

Replied by Gooseberry
Barnstead, Nh, Usa

Thank you Timh and Anon for your feedback. Timh, I take all the supplements you mentioned daily except the melatonin. Thank you for your feedback.

This only happend over a few weeks, so hopefully, it will resolve itself, as you said. Some of the symptoms are really painful especially the brain sparks. I was just wondering if there was someway, if the selenium attaches to some of the heavy metals in the brain, to pull the attached molecules out. I tried a nano form of detox yesterday and got really tired and nauseated. I am assuming that began the process of pulling this stuff out. If I go ahead and take support for liver and kidneys for the detox, I assume that will be enough. Would I be correct?

Thank you

Replied by Bmax
Philadelphia, Pa

Thank you for posting your article.

I love Brazil nuts and also read that they might help during the luteal phase when trying to conceive... So have been eating 6-10 brazil nuts every other day (to every day) for the last 4-5 weeks. Just now reading about their selenium content. Wish a warning label came with them!

My question is.. I'm now about 4 weeks pregnant (1 week since positive tests started), shall I just stop eating Brazil nust altogther so that selenium flushes from my system? or is there anything else I can do? I'm assuming that selenium has built up in my tissues, but in toxic quantities? I haven't noticed brittle hair or nausea or nail issues or other symptoms related to selenium toxicity so am hopeful. Also hope my uturus and the rapidly dividing cells have not been harmfully affected. I drink over 2 liters of water a day, which I'm hoping helps wash out some of the selenium..(?)

Thanks in advance with your help with these questions.

Replied by Anon

Hi, Don't worry, it's really the tablets that are toxic not the nuts. I'm sure you would be sick before they are toxic. I have been eating lots of brazil nuts a day since last autumn when I found out I was deficient in selenium and it's only recently that I have had enough of them. I think our body tells us what we need to eat. Whole foods like nuts are very nutritious.

Replied by Michelle
Davie, Fl

Hi! I heard cilantro gets rid of all toxins like that.

Replied by Bonnie
1 posts

I had been taking 200 mug of selenium for a year all the while not realizing it was the culprit for strange symptoms I was experiencing. Dr had no clue. Changed docs new Doc did extensive blood tests found Se levels were twice the level of high normal. I stopped taking it. B6 was also way high. Four months later it is still out of range high. Symptoms seem worse. Blood tests showed I could use copper and zinc so started those. Feel worse. I use papaya mints for gerd a lot during the day, seems they are high in selenium.

Could I use these recommendations to help rid myself of this selenium. Of course I am stopping my supplements as I seem to just feel worse on anything I take. I have also started having low blood sugar issues, wonder if it is connected? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Replied by Lauren

I believe I have selenium toxicity as my hair is coming out and my skin is dry and nails breaking! I took it because I was misdiagnosed with Hashimotos-I never had it!! What else besides coq10 is there anything else to take?thanks for any help!!!

Replied by Mark

Brazil nuts can definitely be toxic! Ever notice a can of mixed nuts has fewer Brazil nuts? perhaps not just because they are expensive.

For that pain in shoulder, elbow, wrist, lower back, knees, that doctors can't figure out and will even do surgery to 'clean out' a joint to see if it helps, start eating a couple (2) Brazil nuts a day. The selenium is needed to convert thyroid hormone. I can do the same thing by taking a little active thyroid hormone (cytomel)

Replied by Marilyn
Hallandale, Fl

I developed skin rash from overdose of Brazil Nuts. Best way to stop itching and rash?

Replied by Mama To Many

These are what I would try:

1. benadryl or 4 charcoal capsules with a cup of water.

2. baking soda bath (1 cup in bath)

Replied by Cecile
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I took about 200mg per day and some days 400mg. My symptoms are hair loss, pins and needles, muscle spasm, itchy crawling sensation on the skin. Dry mouth metallic taste in mouth, dry eyes. Unstable emotions. What can I do to reverse this? Cecile

Replied by Anon

You might try upping your levels of nutrients that work with selenium to speed your body's utilization of the selenium.

Replied by Anon

Andrew Weil, M.D.'s website suggests you wait it out, that it should resolve on its own. Drinking water and eating a healthy diet are suggested. Another website says there is no way to detox it. Let us know how it goes.

Replied by Don

I ate too many brazil nuts too. I read an old study - their selenium content varies much more than you may think - 100 g may have 1 mg - 6 mg.

Sel methionine has a long half-life, so this will take 3 - 6 months but the less you ate the faster. It's excreted through methylation and protein is generally protective. It may disrupt methionine and cysteine functioning, and will likely disrupt thyroid conversion and thus, lower total t3 (in the studies it did by about half).

Eat 200 g protein a day and anything that supports methylation or raises glutathione; tmg (likely most helpful), choline, b vitamins, creatine and glycine for methylation; and NAC or whey protein, vitamin E and C for glutathione.

good luck

Replied by David
Sunyani, Ghana

I am also trying to find out how to get rid of selenium toxic.

Replied by Cecile

Please, I am selenium toxic from supplements. I need to know how to get rid of it. I am from RSA but currently in USA.