Thoughtful Thursday GOKI Readers, continuing with my daily mission to share with you one health tip, provided by my trusty little desk calender titled: 365 Ways To Boost Your Brain Power, written  by Carolyn Dean, M.D., Valentine Dmitriev, Ph.D., and Donna Raskin.

March 31, 2011 Brain Health Tip Of The Day

PROTECT YOUR CELLS WITH SELENIUM

This very powerful antioxidant benefits the brain by preventing oxidation of fat. It's important because more than half of the brain is composed of a type of fat. By inhibiting oxidation, selenium slows age-related brain deterioration and preserves cognitive function. Because selenium levels tend to decline with age, older people should take selenium supplements in addition to adding selenium-rich foods to their diets.

In Japan, where people traditionally consume about 500 micrograms of selenium a day, the cancer rate is nearly five times lower than in countries where daily selenium intake is less. There is no established RDA for selenium, though men and women can safely consume between 50 and 200 micrograms daily, not exceeding 400 mcg per day for adults over eighteen.

As Always, To Your Health!

P.S.  Here's a video about selenium rich foods.
 
 


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