immune function

Ever heard of this immune, thyroid and cardio-vascular supporting antioxidant?

Selenium is an essential trace mineral and powerful antioxidant

What is it important for?

  • Supports normal thyroid function
  • Anti- cancer properties
  • Antioxidant protection
  • Improves quality of sperm
  • Cardio-vascular support
  • Helps to regulate cholesterol
  • Important for DNA repair
  • Reduces heavy metal toxicity in the body
  • Immune function support
  • Important for the production of some of protein’s building blocks in the body

Did you know…...?

Other nutrients including vitamin B, C, E and zinc improve selenium’s effectiveness and visa versa 

So how can we include it in our daily diet?

  • Vegetables and fruit; red Swiss chard, turnips and other root vegetables, garlic mushrooms,       radishes courgettes, cabbage , carrots, banana
  • Nuts and seeds; brazil nuts (one of the best sources), pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, cashew         nuts, sesame seeds, flax seeds
  • Beans and pulses; green beans, kidney
  • Wholegrains; oats,  barley,  brown rice
  • Sardines , salmon, herring, Cod oysters, lamb, beef liver, chicken, turkey, egg

An easy selenium rich recipe idea...............

No- Fuss Brown Rice Risotto
  • Heat a knob of butter and add one chopped onion
  • Sautee for 5 minutes  and add 375g sliced mushrooms
  • Cook for a further 5 minutes and add 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • After a few minutes add 1 ½ cups brown short grain rice, keep stirring
  • Add 4 cups of broth or stock ( keep 1 additional cup of stock back), bring to the boil             and then simmer covered for about 40 minutes
  • During this time keep topping up with last cup of stock a little at a time and keep                 stirring
  • Add 1 cup grated parmesan, 2 teaspoons of tamari, salt and pepper and complete with         2 handfuls of finely chopped Swiss chard
  • Stir in the chard, remove pan from heat and serve

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