Mood swings? Eat pheasant meat!
The study shows that intake of selenium, which can be found in walnuts and tuna, and in high quantitiesindia Updated: Dec 26, 2006 19:14 IST
A dish of partridge or pheasant may give you a sense of well-being, according to a study conducted by the independent food research organisation Leatherhead Foods International.
Meat from the two birds contains high levels of the trace element selenium, which has been linked scientifically to improvements in mood and the alleviation of feelings of depression.
Selenium also plays a part in boosting the immune system, and may reduce the risk of cancer by acting as an anti-oxidant or boosting immune activity.
The study shows that intake of selenium, which can be found in walnuts and tuna, and in high quantities in brazil nuts too, has fallen to about 0.39mg per day in the past 15 years in Britain, and recommends that people intake it 0.6-0.75 mg daily.
"There is growing concern among health professionals that selenium intakes are not adequate and this needs to be addressed before the signs of deficiency become more prevalent," the Telegraph quoted Dr. Kelly Johnston, one of the report's authors, as saying.
"These results show that game bird meat provided high amounts of selenium and including meats such as partridge and pheasant as part of a healthy diet may result in an improvement in subjective ratings of mood," added Dr. Johnston.
The researchers also found that wild game, including venison, is a source of low-fat protein, particularly low in saturated fatty acids, and contains large quantities of vitamin B and iron.
"Including game as part of your diet may help to improve the iron status of those people who currently do not get enough from their diet," Dr Johnston said.