Although vitamins and minerals in the body are measured in milligrams and micrograms, yet our health surely relies on them. Selenium is found in plants and is regarded as natural and powerful antioxidant that protects our cells and DNA from the oxidation caused by reactive molecules, known as free radicals, which leads to premature ageing. It is an essential trace element that humans cannot synthesize so we need to introduce it into our body through food. It shows the most powerful antioxidant properties when combined with vitamin C or E and as such may contribute to the prevention of some serious diseases like cancer, heart attack, and stroke. However, the selenium concentration in food is actually determined by the content of the soil in which plants are grown. Still, even when selenium concentration in the soil is normal, sulphur which is normally found in artificial fertilizers prevents plants from absorbing selenium from the soil. It should be noted that, as far as Croatia is concerned, soil is poor in selenium. Other sources of this valuable nutrient are proteins like fish, stones, meat, eggs, so you should make sure you have these foods on your menu list at least twice a week. Foods like coconut and Indian nut also contain selenium, so whenever you feel like having a snack, instead for chips, reach for a handful of Indian nuts.
Translation: G. Dujmović