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Zinc, Selenium And
A SLIDESHOW PRESENTED BY:
• A mineral that is essential to the body and is a
constituent of many enzymes that permit chemical
reactions to proceed at normal rates.
• Zinc is involved in the manufacture of protein (protein
synthesis) and in cell division.
• Zinc is also a constituent of insulin, and it is involved
with the sense of smell. Food sources of zinc include
meat, particularly liver and seafood; eggs; nuts; and
• They’re not only
remarkably high in Zinc,
but they provide other
benefits to the body like
helping you sleep better at
• Keeps your blood sugar
levels looking good.
As if you needed any
additional reasons to eat
chocolate, here’s one more.
You’re getting quite a bit
of Zinc in chocolate, but of
course it’s also pretty high
in calories so you don’t
want to overdo it. There
are antioxidants in dark
chocolate that you don’t
get with milk chocolate,
and you end up avoiding a
lot of the sugar and added
fat if you stick to dark
If love to eat crab legs, there’s good
news, it’s relatively high in Zinc
and can help you meet your daily
needs in this area. Crab is also a
good source of protein, and doesn’t
weigh you down with a lot of
calories. It’s very low in fat, but
you’ll want to watch out for the
sodium levels, which can run
rather high, leading to water
retention and an increase in blood
Regardless of which mushrooms
you go with, there will likely be a
good amount of Zinc in them.
Mushrooms are a great add-on to
any meal, and they can flavour up
a pizza or simply be cooked up and
eaten as a side dish. They have a
healthy assortment of vitamins
and minerals, and several types of
mushrooms have been shown to
have anti-cancer benefits.
Pork is not the healthiest meat you can
choose, and is not as high a quality
protein as lean beef, chicken breast, or
turkey breast, but it still contains Zinc
in large amounts, and lean pork still
has some health benefits and can’t be
written off entirely. Always choose pork
that is organic, to avoid the antibiotics
and other chemicals that are injected
into and fed to conventionally raised
Here’s a seed that often gets spit out,
and many times doesn’t even show up
because the watermelon is seedless.
But if you dry watermelon seeds, and
even toast them, they can be a
wonderful source of Zinc, as well as
other good things for the body, like
protein, magnesium, healthy fats, and
a host of B Vitamins. This makes
them a great snack to consider, since
most of us are not in the habit of
Function of ZINC in our body.
Improve Athletic performance and
Support male/female reproductive health
Become more sensitive to insulin and
Improve sleep, Cognition & Energy levels.
Elevate mood and avoid depression.
• An essential mineral that is a component of an
antioxidant enzyme, glutathione reductive, that is key
in tissue respiration.
• Food sources of selenium include sea foods, some meats,
such as kidney and liver; and some grains and seeds.
• Too much selenium may cause reversible balding and
changes in the nails, give a garlic odor to the breath,
and cause intestinal distress, weakness, and slowed
Because of the widespread availability
of chicken it’s one of the easiest foods
to start getting more of if it’s not
already part of your regular diet. Opt
for organic chicken breasts to get a
high quality source of protein without
all of the antibiotics and growth
hormones pumped into conventional
chickens. It’s low in calories, low in fat
if you go with skinless, and 27% of
chicken breast is pure protein.
This is happy news to those that
enjoy their cheese and want
another reason to eat it. Cheese
gets a lot of flack for being high in
fat, calories, and sodium, but some
try to defend it because of its
calcium and protein content. If
you’re looking to increase your
selenium and you don’t eat meat,
but you’re OK with consuming
dairy products, this might be one
avenue to meet your selenium
Tuna contains a decent amount of
selenium, as well as protein and
omega-3s, all of which play a part
in a healthy and balanced diet.
You’re advised to only eat tuna a
few times a week due to mercury
concerns, but most health experts
agree it’s worth including in your
diet for all of the benefits it
provides. Albacore is a great
choice in tuna and is available at
most grocery stores.
Sunflower seeds are also
relatively high in selenium, and
also have healthy fats that your
body needs to be at its best. So
even though it’s relatively high
in fat, it’s coming from
monounsaturated fat, with only
4% coming from saturated fat.
Opt for dry roasted to keep the
saturated fat count down.
Function of SELENIUM in human body
Making special proteins, called antioxidant
enzymes. These play a role in preventing cell
Protecting you after a vaccination.
Prevent certain cancers
Prevent cardiovascular disease
Protect the body from the poisonous effects of
heavy metals and other harmful substances
• Chromium is a mineral our bodies use in small amounts
for normal body functions, such as digesting food.
• Chromium exists in many natural foods including
brewer's yeast, meats, potatoes (especially the skins),
cheeses, molasses, spices, whole-grain breads and
cereals, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Drinking hard tap water supplies chromium to the body,
and cooking in stainless-steel cookware increases the
chromium content in foods.