Effect of a Shipment of High-Selenium Wheat on Selenium Status of Otago (N.Z.) Residents

  • M. F. Robinson
  • C. D. Thomson


Otago is a unique low selenium (Se) area of New Zealand where residents have low blood Se levels, unlike the North Island where Se status is affected by the periodic importation of Australian wheat (1). Because of poor wheat harvests in 1984, a shipment of Australian wheat was imported into Dunedin, and was used in wheat products such as bread and flour from September 1984 till March 1985.


GSHPx Activity Wheat Product Selenium Status Daily Dietary Intake Australian Wheat 
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  1. 1.
    J.H. Watkinson, Changes in blood selenium in New Zealand adults with time and importation of Australian wheat, Am. J. Clin. Nutr., 34: 936 (1981).PubMedGoogle Scholar
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    F. Koivistoinen, and J.K. Huttunen, Selenium in food and nutrition in Finland, an overview on research and action, Ann. Clin. Res., 18: 13 (1986).PubMedGoogle Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. F. Robinson
    • 1
  • C. D. Thomson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NutritionUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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