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
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 %|