This week is nutrition we have been focusing a lot more on minerals and vitamins. I mean, of course, everyone has heard of vitamin a, c, your b vitamins, calcium, iron…those are the most obvious.
But have you heard and do you know much about selenium?
Selenium is a trace mineral (you don’t need as much as others) found in few amino acids in your body and helps to regulate your thyroid gland. The regulated intake for BOTH men and woman is 55 UG a day.
Your easiest ways to incorporate selenium into your diet are organ rich meats, pork and seafood.
But hold the doors, there are also ways you can get it without meat.
Rice, nuts and wheat are excellent sources as well.
Fun Fact: Brazillion nuts actually contain 780% of your daily allowance for one serving. Oh my.
If you consume too much selenium (which would never shut the doors on my seafood addiction) your nails could turn brittle, along with your hair. The only real possible way for this to happen through is through supplement usage. Believe me-you better believe I raised my little hand and said what if you eat 5 million servings of seafood a day. So unless you take too many selenium supplements you won’t run into this problem.
If you do not have enough, however, that is where the problems more lie. You could be in danger of two diseases-Keshan diease (a form of heart disease) or Keshin Beck disease (a form of arthritis).
So there you have it, everything about selenium in a nutshell.
(since you can get the most selenium in the nut shell. Okay bad pun…I’m on a roll with those lately.)
Chromium is used in glucose transport and immune function and growth, essentially to help regulate blood sugars. Men need about 2.3 mg/aday and woman 1.8 mg/aday.
Shockingly if you are a food blogger and already eating pretty healthy, chances are you are getting enough chromium in your diet. The top three foods for obtaining chromium are romaine lettuce (figure its good for something), onions and tomatoes. I personally eat more tomatoes then any other human being but I hate onions so I suppose it all evens out.
Having too much chromium (even through supplement) is never a bad thing, as there are no known effects. Having too little, can mess and elevate your blood sugars and blood lipids. Along with damage to the brain and nervous system.
Question for you:
How much did you already know about selenium and chromium? Did you purposely ever eat a certain food to up your intake?
I can’t lie to my blogging BFF’s. I had heard of both of them in passing, but I knew very little. If you had asked me a week ago, I could write about 1 sentence on both of them and probably relating it to math.