Selenium

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The mineral Selenium is important for immune responses, the brain, hormonal health and cancer prevention. Recommended daily intake: 75 mcg men, 60 mcg women (over 450 mcg/day is toxic). The average consumption in the UK is only 30-35 mcg.

Sources of selenium: brazil nuts (no more than 2-3 per day due to high barium content), sardines, prawns, eggs, wholemeal flour, lean red meat.

Butter is better

Butter is rich in the fat-soluble vitamins A,D, E and K2 and contains important trace minerals, including selenium and iodine. The short chain fatty acid in butter, butyric acid, is used by the colon as an energy source and has anti-carcinogenic properties. Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, is a potent antimicrobial and antifungal. The ancient Irish, Scots, Norsemen and Finns so revered butter for its nutritional and medical qualities, they were buried with barrels of it.

Butter is best

Butter is rich in the fat-soluble vitamins A,D, E and K2 and contains important trace minerals, including selenium and iodine. The short chain fatty acid in butter, butyric acid, is used by the colon as an energy source and has anti-carcinogenic properties. Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, is a potent antimicrobial and antifungal. The ancient Irish, Scots, Norsemen and Finns so revered butter for its nutritional and medical qualities, they were buried with barrels of it.

The highs and lows of selenium

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