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Healthy Eating & Selenium


Selenium is a trace mineral that occurs naturally in soil and rock and is found in varying quantities in different parts of the world.

Interestingly, the selenium content of foods depends on the selenium content of the soil on which animals are reared or plants are grown. Small amounts of selenium are needed to maintain good health, because the mineral has antioxidant properties, and doctors recommend a daily intake of 200mcg per day.

What can selenium do for me?

  • It plays a part in the prevention of cancer
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Protects cells against damage from free radicals within the body

What indicates a deficiency of selenium?

  • A weak immune system

Who particularly needs selenium?

  • Anyone on weight-loss diet
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Foods high in selenium

Food Serving size Cals Amount GDA (%)
Brazil nuts 10g 68 190 mcg 95 %
Garlic 100g 149 14.2 mcg 7 %
Mussels 140g 146 125 mcg 63 %
Chicken 100g 148 27.6 mcg 14 %
Wholemeal bread 50g 108 15 mcg 8 %
Eggs 61g 90 18.7 mcg 9 %

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