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Organic Selenium
 

 

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
Cheese
Selenium-enriched Eggs
Fish, for example snapper, Mackerel
Salmon
Oysters
Rice
Almonds
Brazil nuts
Cashews
Walnuts
Sunflower seeds
Organ meat
Beef
Lamb
Chicken
Pork
Most fruit, vegetables and milk contain small amounts

 

REFERENCES

1. Stanton, R.  (1996)  Rosemary Staton's Complete Book of Food & Nutrition. NSW, AUST.

2. Wahlqvist, M & Briggs, D.  (1988)  Food Facts.  NSW, AUST.

3. Escott-Stump, S. (1997)  Nutrition & Diagnosis - Related Care. US

4. Mahan, L & Escott-Stump, S. (2000) Food, Nutrition & Diet Therapy.  US


OTHER MATERIAL

1. NSW HEALTH & NORTHCOTT SOCIETY.  Vitamin Folate - Important Message for Women. NSW, AUST.

 

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