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Most of you already know that turkey is an excellent source of protein (a four ounce serving provides 65 percent of the daily value for protein), but did you also know that turkey is a good source of cancer-preventive selenium? Selenium is an essential component of several major metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems and immune function.
Selenium has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells, inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells and rev up the self-destruct sequence the body uses to eliminate worn out or abnormal cells.
Just four ounces of turkey provides 47 percent of the recommended daily dose of selenium. B6 is an important vitamin present in turkey as well as niacin, another cancer preventing nutrient, according to scientists. Niacin is essential for converting the body's proteins, fats and carbohydrates into usable energy and helps optimize blood sugar regulation and insulin activity. Vitamin B6 is needed for more for 100 enzymes involved in protein metabolism. It's also essential for red blood cell metabolism and for the proper function of our nervous and immune systems.
So, even if your eyes glazed over from all that scientific mumbo jumbo, you can rest assured that your body and your taste buds will enjoy this next recipe.
- 1 organic Beefsteak tomato
- 4 ounces of sliced deli turkey – organic (use more turkey, if desired)
- 1 ripe avocado, removed from peel and sliced
- ¼ cucumber, thinly sliced
- Sea salt
- Slice Beefsteak tomato into four thick slices. Lay 2 slices on each of 2 plates. Spread mustard onto tomato to taste. Divide turkey evenly onto two tomato slices. Layer cucumber and avocado slices on top. Sprinkle with sea salt. Serves 2.