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Last Updated : Feb 19,2018
What is Selenium?
Selenium though a trace mineral, it carries myriad functions in the human body.
Top 7 functions of Selenium:
1. Acts as Antioxidant : It acts as an antioxidant and helps remove the harmful free radicals from the body which are by-products of metabolism produced in the body mainly due to smoking, alcohol, stress and pollution.
2. Builds Healthy Immune System: It aids to boost the body’s defense system against various diseases.
3. Fights Inflammation : Being a potent antioxidant it also reduces the inflammation in the body. This ensures a healthy blood flow to the heart and all parts of the body.
4. Regulates Thyroid Function : It has been known to have active participation in the production of thyroid hormones.
5. Prevents Cancerous Growth : It’s role in DNA repair have proven its role in preventing the growth of cancer cells.
6. Maintain Cognitive Health: Selenium’s antioxidant activity is also known to retain cognitive health, maintain healthy brain cells and reduce the risk of mental illness, especially as you age.
7. Improves fertility : It is a mineral which preserves the health of sperms in men and avoids miscarriages in women.
How much Selenium do I need?
An adult on an average needs approx.. 55 mcg of selenium per day which increases to 60 mcg / day to pregnant women and 70 mcg / day. Kids usually require 20 to 40 mcg / day.
Deficiency of Selenium can cause 6 problems
| ||Deficiency of Selenium can cause 6 problems |
|1. || Neurological abnormalities |
|2. || Cardiac setback |
|3. || Thyroid disorders |
|4. || Skin lesions |
|5. || Hair loss |
|6. || Tiredness |
10 Vegetarian Food Sources of Selenium
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Nourishing Barley Soup by Tarla Dalal
Barley is a cereal that is not usually used in everyday cooking. It is however a great source of protein, iron and fibre and tastes good too, if cooked with flavourful ingredients as I have done in this broth. The combination of masoor dal along with barley i.e. a pulse with a cereal makes this soup ....
Chick Pea, Mushroom and Barley Salad with Balsamic Dressing by Tarla Dalal
Name the texture, name the flavour, and you are sure to find it in this exciting salad. From cucumber for a juicy crunch, and kabuli chana for a mealy touch, to barley and mushrooms for chewiness and sun-dried tomatoes for tang, this Salads
features a wide assort ....
Barley and Moong Dal Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
Life can be tough without comforting khichdi to keep you company! One of the homeliest of meals, khichdi is satiating and soothing to the palate.
Here’s an innovative twist, we have used fibre-rich barley to make this khichdi. A good replacement for rice, barley combines very well with moong d ....
11 Nov 08
Barley Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
Ever thought of making a khichdi with barley? Try it once, and you will want to keep repeating this masterpiece in your kitchen. Made of barley and a horde of veggies, this tasty dish is colourful and attractive.
An exotic combination of veggies gives it a nice juicy crunch, while everyday ing ....
24 Apr 18
Mushroom Brown Rice by Tarla Dalal
Lemon grass imparts a subtly sweet flavour to this thai-inspired potassium rich mushroom rice.
Grilled Broccoli Recipe by Tarla Dalal
This is surely one of the yummiest ways to enjoy fresh and crisp broccoli! Marinated with lemon juice and black pepper, and then grilled to perfection, the Grilled Broccoli has a nice texture and fabulous flavour, with spicy and tangy tones.
This delicious treat is also equally healthy, being ri ....
Egg Bhurji Paratha by Tarla Dalal
Everybody loves bhurji – be it of paneer or egg, because of its succulent mouth-feel and spicy taste.
Put your favourite bhurji into a whole wheat paratha and you get a filling and super-tasty dish! The Egg Bhurji Paratha is an all-time favourite Punjabi breakfast, which is crisp and buttery out ....
Mushroom Soup ( Good Food For Diabetes) by Tarla Dalal
Who can refuse a cup of creamy Mushroom Soup! And if you were told that it is a healthy version, you would enjoy it all the more. Mushrooms have a low carbohydrate level, and hence a low glycemic index too, which makes it a helpful ingredient for diabetics. Being rich in potassium, mushrooms also ke ....
Egg Dosa, Healthy Breakfast by Tarla Dalal
An off-beat breakfast dish that will sweep you all off your feet! Spread dosa batter on the griddle, break and egg over it, sprinkle a little coconut and cook, to get a healthy and filling breakfast.
The Egg Dosa is not only healthy but extremely tasty, with the creaminess of egg and the crunch ....
06 Oct 18
Rocket Leaves, Broccoli and Veg Work Healthy Salad by Tarla Dalal
A salad is the most awesome lunch
ever! It’s light, filling, nutritious, and so convenient to pack in the morning.
You just need to make sure you bring lots of variety to your bowl – throw in some grains, pulses, sprouts, veggies, greens, cottag ....
Brown Rice Dosa, Healthy Dosa Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Brown Rice Dosa is a delightfully crispy, golden brown dosa that tastes awesome! On the other hand, it is amazingly healthy as we have used a combination of unpolished brown rice and two dals to make this dosa.
Make sure you use unpolished rice and not the regular Basmati; otherwise you will los ....
Brown Rice Neer Dosa, Without Fermentation by Tarla Dalal
Neer Dosa is a special, indigenous recipe from Karnataka, which has a wonderful taste and unique texture despite being made of a plain rice batter!
Yes, it might be hard to believe but the batter for these soft, thin, homely pancakes is made of just rice and salt. This gives the Neer Dosa a very ....
Brown Rice Khichdi, Healthy 3 Ingredients by Tarla Dalal
Khichdi is the first and last word in Indian
comfort foods. Whether it’s a busy day or a dull one, a serving of this one-dish meal is sure to put you back in the right track.
This particular version of the ever-popular Khichdi is made using unpolished brown ric ....
Broccoli Aur Paneer ki Subzi by Tarla Dalal
The eye-catching contrast between broccoli and paneer is sure to grab your attention as soon as you prepare the ingredients for this subzi. Indeed, the two ingredients make a snazzy pair with their complementary colours, flavours and textures.
Onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes together with ....
Energy Chia Seed Drink with Lime and Honey, For Endurance Athletes by Tarla Dalal
There is no debating that Chia seeds are good for your health. A treasure trove of omega-3 fatty acids, which is hard for vegetarians to come by, these tiny seeds are also loaded with fibre and protein.
It is interesting to note that this easily digestible little seed has antioxidants (ALA), w ....
Flaxseeds Dry Chutney, South Indian Flax Seeds Podi by Tarla Dalal
Dry chutney powder, usually made with dals and red chillies, just got healthier in this all-new avtar. The traditional South Indian
recipe has been tweaked to incorporate flax seeds instead of dals.
Some cumin seeds have also been added to the formula to ....
Brown Rice and Moong Dal Pongal, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Next to idli and dosa, one can confidently say that Pongal is the next most popular South Indian breakfast. It is a tasty and filling dish with a rustic flavour marked by cumin seeds and ginger.
Although it is traditionally made with white rice and moong dal, nowadays people are aware of the ben ....
Broccoli and Bajra Snack by Tarla Dalal
Bajra is a storehouse of nutrients, but hardly included in the diet except perhaps as a khichdi or roti. Here is a truly delicious snack made of whole bajra and broccoli. Chopped onions, garlic and red chilli flakes impart tremendous taste to this snack, while olive oil, though used in small quantit ....
Quinoa , Brown Rice, and Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Dressing by Tarla Dalal
This scrumptious salad is so sumptuous that you can have it as a quick meal or a filling snack! It is marked by an off-beat combination of ingredients, which is sure to pick everybody’s curiosity and earn their praise.
Quinoa, brown rice and a selection of vibrant veggies are dressed in a tongue ....
Barley Feta and Spinach Salad, Healthy Salad by Tarla Dalal
Salads are a boon for health conscious people. Easy and quick to make, they are tasty and bursting with good health. A scrumptious salad like the Barley Feta and Spinach Salad is filling enough to make a healthy snack.
Cooked barley is combined with feta cheese cubes, juicy greens and crunchy ve ....
Broccoli Broth ( Healthy Soups and Salads Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
No more running noses and sneezy wheezies. Ensure good health and immunity with this vitamin C rich soup made of vibrantly coloured and flavourful broccoli. The antioxidants contributed by broccoli and the other ingredients in this soup counteract the harmful cellular by products created during norm ....
Whole Wheat Bhakri by Tarla Dalal
A bowlful of pitla would seem quite incomplete without a plateful of bhakri to go with it!
Pitla and bhakri is a traditional Maharashtrian
combo, and we thought we should share a sumptuous Whole Wheat Bhakri recipe for you to enjoy with our
26 Nov 12
Barley and Corn Salad by Tarla Dalal
Here's an easy way to have a healthy accompaniment to your main course. Barley has been used to enhance the fibre content and sweet corn gives a crispy texture to the salad. The red and yellow capsicum and spring onions add colour to the dish and make it extremely appealing to the eye.
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