Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Do you have enough Selenium in your diet!!!!!!!!!!


   Selenium is an essential micro-nutrient in our we have enough selenium in our diet. Selenium is a micro-nutrient which is required for normal thyroid function; it  enhances ,maintains immunity and it reduces stress by working as an anti-oxidant. Studies have shown Selenium is effective in Cancer, heart disease. Apart from any pathological condition; lets come to daily life where we encounter stress at every moment. No matter whether you are in your office, at home or any place we are confronted with stress: as in you have to completes your work in a deadline, your senior will ask all sort of questions related to your work and you should have answer to all. At home- it is your kid or family e.g. academics/sport or other performance of kid. You have to manage things also in time. And all above that you need to manage people and  also get things going on correctly. So don't you think , this all knowingly and unknowingly increases stress on our mind , body and soul. 

      Hence, in order to face this stress it important that we stay fit physically. One thing of doing this is adequate dietary intake of micro-nutrients. Stress increases risk of various diseases like cancer or heart diseases. Selenium helps to reduce this stress by its anti-oxidant property to eliminate free radicals from body formed in your body as a result of stress. Selenium performs its functions with the help of selenoproteins and enzymes like selenium-glutatlione  peroxidase.  But however it should be kept in mind that overdose of selenium also causes toxicity and therefore it should be taken in proper amount. The recommended dietary allowance for adult is 55 mcg/day. The requirement changes in children, pregnancy and lactation.(Source: Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Carotenoids. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 2000.)
              Emphasize on intake of variety of fruits, vegetables, garlic, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.Whole grain breads, cereals, and noodles, brown rice, tuna and low fat cottage cheese can be good sources of selenium. This will make you ready to face stress without harming your body.

BE STRESS FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Benjamin S. Weeks et. al. Dietary selenium and selenoprotein function.  Med Sci Monit, 2012; 18(8): RA127-132.
2.E. Ekweagwu et. al. The role of micronutrients in child health: A review of
the literature.African Journal of Biotechnology  5 November , 2008;Vol. 7 (21), pp. 3804-3810.
3.  Elizabeth Williams and Melinda Harrison.Selenium: From Health to the Biological Food Chain.Journal of Biotech Research, 2010; 2:112-120.
This information should not take the place of medical advice. Take advise of your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, etc.) about your interest in, questions about,what may be best for your overall health or use of dietary supplements . 

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