January 05, 2016

Ask the RD: Selenium

Ask the RD: Selenium
Selenium is a mineral that is in many foods yet is a nutrient that is not often talked about. It is essential for humans as it plays a role in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis and protects from oxidative damage and infections. Selenium is also an antioxidant.

Selenium is found in many foods and is especially high in seafood and meats. It can also be found in cereal, eggs, bread, grains and dairy products. The amount of selenium in a food depends on the soil that a plant was grown in.

Tips to Get Enough Selenium in Your Diet:

-Have eggs for breakfast with whole grain toast.
-For lunch, have a chicken, mushroom and asparagus stir-fry with brown rice and cooked with          garlic.
-For dinner, have grilled shrimp, roasted broccoli and whole grain pasta.

Below is the daily recommended amount of selenium that you should have based on your sex and age.
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Selenium 
Birth to 6 months15 mcg*15 mcg*  
7–12 months20 mcg*20 mcg*  
1–3 years20 mcg20 mcg  
4–8 years30 mcg30 mcg  
9–13 years40 mcg40 mcg  
14–18 years55 mcg55 mcg60 mcg70 mcg
19–50 years55 mcg55 mcg60 mcg70 mcg
51+ years55 mcg55 mcg 

For recipes that are rich in selenium, try these:
Healthy Tuna Salad
Lightened Up Deviled Eggs
Slow Cooker BBQ Chili

If you do not get enough selenium in your diet, you may want to try a supplement. I recently tried these selenium supplements from BRI Nutrition. They contain no fillers or artificial ingredients. Selenium may be linked to helping with Crohn's disease, asthma and cancer. They are vegetarian friendly and come with 180 capsules.

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*Ask your doctor before starting any new supplement.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BRI Nutrition. All opinions are my own.

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