What is Selenium ??
· Selenium is an essential trace element which is obtained from the soil. Therefore the level of Selenium varies according to the degree of Selenium in the soil.
Functions of Selenium
· Acts as an antioxidant, for example, prevents the breakdown of fat to damaging substances to our body.
· Needed for the body's metabolism
· Studies have found that areas where the level of selenium is low, the incidence of cancer of the oesophagus and heart muscle defect is high.
Sources of Selenium
· Wholemeal flour & bread
· Selenium-enriched Eggs
· Fish, for example snapper, Mackerel
· Brazil nuts
· Sunflower seeds
· Organ meat
· Most fruit, vegetables and milk contain small amounts
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