It’s time for me to talk about another nutrient that I think you need to know about.
It’s called selenium. Isn’t that a pretty name?
What is selenium?
Selenium is a trace mineral that has powerful antioxidant properties and may play a role in fighting cancer.
Why is selenium good for you?
- Component of antioxidant enzymes
- Helps with immune system functioning
- Activates thyroid hormones
What are some selenium rich foods?
In general, the best sources of selenium are seafood, meats, cereals, and grains. However, the selenium content of food varies significantly based on the soil content where the plant was grown or the animal raised.
So with that in mind, let’s look at some food sources of selenium.
|1 ounce Brazil nuts||543|
|4 ounces tuna (cooked)||53|
|4 ounces shrimp||43|
|1 cup crimini mushrooms||23|
|4 ounces turkey||36|
|RDA* for adults||55|
|UL** for adults||400|
*RDA is the amount of a nutrient that meets the needs of most people of a specified age and sex. This is a good amount to aim for.
**UL is the maximum daily intake level that is unlikely to cause negative health effects for most people of a specified age and sex. Keep your intake below this level.