THE ROLE OF SELENIUM-ENRICHED FOOD SPROUTS WITH RESPECT TO OUR DAILY SELENIUM NEEDS

Éva Bódi, István Fekete, Dávid Andrási, Béla Kovács

Abstract


Trace mineral selenium is an essential nutrient of fundamental importance to human biology, therefore it is very important to be in our daily diet. Although it is known that selenium content of foods show big variety, the most widely consumed food have low selenium content.

The goal of our work is to study the enrichment of selenium during germination of wheat and pea (Triticum aestivum and Pisum sativum) because we percieve based on previous studies that this sprouts are able to take element high in concentration. Sprouting was chosen because it additionally enhances the nutritional value of seeds, for example, by a higher vitamin content, a better quality of protein, and some other parameters. We dicided to combine this with higher selenium content.

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used to determine the total element concentration. After determining this, we calculated how many percent of selenium are found in sprouts treated with Se covers our daily need. With regards to our experiments, we concluded that, selenium are good for the treatment of sprout because the 0.1 mg dm-3 selenium treatment contribute to cover our daily need of selenium needs.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17628/ecb.2013.2.46-48

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