New Cancer Foe in a Nutshell? Selenium

Maybe, just maybe, we’re closing in on another weapon against ovarian cancer. A study found that women with the highest blood levels of selenium were five times less likely to develop ovarian cancer than women with the lowest levels (J ournal of the National Cancer Institute, January 3, 1996). We need many studies to test this out. But in the meantime, make sure your multi supplement includes selenium. A safe range is 70 to 120 micrograms (steady intakes above 1,000 mcg. are unwise).

A Pina Colada Smoothie

Fresh out of fresh pineapple? With canned pineapple on hand, you can sip a vitamin-C-packed Pina Colada Smoothie whenever the mood strikes. (We’re thinking Sunday afternoon … you lounging on the patio with the papers?) For a 12-ounce shake: Keep in freezer one 8-ounce can crushed pineapple packed in juice. When ready, remove can form freezer, open, let thaw partially.

In blender, place contents of can (broken up) plus 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt and 1/4 tsp. imitation coconut extract. Blend till mixed. Per serving: 200 calories, 24 mg. vitamin C (40% DV), 200 mg. calcium (20% DV), 2 g. fiber.

Pantry Power

Shell Game

Brazil nuts have about 250 times more selenium than most foods … but only if you buy ’em in the shell. Seems Brazil nuts grow in two regions of Brazil–a central region with selenium-rich soil and a western region with far less. Fortunately, exporters ship nuts form the central region with shells on; nuts form the west come without shells. In stores, Brazil nuts with shells have about 10 times more selenium per nut–120 micrograms–than nuts with the shells taken off.

To avoid excess selenium, limit yourself to one high-selenium Brazil nut per day. Tip: Store Brazil nuts in your freezer and remove one a day. This keeps them fresh and makes shells crack a bit easier (after removing the shell, wait a minute to allow thawing).

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