British Diet Vitamin Deficient Warn Experts

by Dr. Reeja Tharu on  August 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM Health Watch   - G J E 4
According to experts, the people of Britain have their soil to blame for ill health!

Not in their wildest dreams would the British have imagined that the soil beneath their feet is likely to cause them woes, ranging from heart diseases to thyroid problem!
British Diet Vitamin Deficient Warn Experts
British Diet Vitamin Deficient Warn Experts

Experts believe that the levels of  the mineral selenium, are severely low in British soil that it is negatively impacting the food chains and creeping into the British diet, causing a range of diseases.

Selenium is very low in British soil, therefore the crops grown on it contain less selenium and the cattle that feed on the crops are able to absorb even lesser amounts of the mineral. Overall, there is less selenium in the grains, vegetables and  meat and this drastically lowers the selenium levels in the food chain.

Present day agricultural methods have a part to play in mineral imbalance in the soil. Apparently, the intensive modern farming methods and the use of chemical fertilizers have depleted the selenium content of the soil to an all time low.

So if you live in the United Kingdom it is highly likely that you are suffering from low levels of selenium. Therefore, care must be taken to supplement your diet with selenium containing foods.

What is selenium? Selenium is a mineral that is essential  for good health, as the body  uses  selenium to make 'selenoproteins', which function as  antioxidants and prevent damage to cells.

Very recently  researchers belonging to the University of East Anglia discovered that people who eat large amounts of selenium, along with other vitamins such as vitamin C  and  E, are about 67% less likely to develop  pancreatic cancer .

Actually, many among us eat  foods that contribute plenty of selenium to our diet. Common food items include  cereals, breads, meat and poultry. However, the richest sources of selenium include Brazilian nuts, kidney, liver and fish. Consuming selenium enhances brain function  and remarkably maintains cognitive skills during old age.

Make sure your diet is balanced in order to maintain health all through your life.

Source: Medindia

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