Selenium

Image for selenium Selenium is an essential trace mineral that acts as an antioxidant —a substance that protects the body's cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are normal by-products of metabolism, but they can cause cell damage.

What Does Selenium Do?

Selenium's functions include:
  • Acting as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase
  • Stimulating immune function
  • Ensuring proper function of the thyroid gland
  • Aiding cell growth

How Much Should I Take?

Age Group Recommended Dietary Allowance
micrograms/day (mcg/day)
Male Female
0-6 months No RDA;
Adequate Intake (AI) = 15
No RDA;
AI = 15
7-12 months No RDA;
AI = 20
No RDA;
AI = 20
1-3 years 20 20
4-8 years 30 30
9-13 years 40 40
14 years and older 55 55
Pregnancy n/a 60
Lactation n/a 70

leave comments
0
Did you like this? Share with your family and friends.
Related Topics: Health And Healing
Meet Our Health Experts

Mindfulness Matters

Arnie Kozak
New! Introvert Overload Redefining Rest

Our Lady of Weight Loss

Janice Taylor
New! 10 Simple Steps How to Survive a Tough Day
beginners heart

Beginner's Heart

Britton Gildersleeve
New! road trips


Advertisement

Our Free Newsletter
click here to see all of our uplifting newsletters »

 

Advertisement

DiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnoratiFacebook