Function:

  1. Helps your body make antioxidant enzymes
  2. Prevent certain cancers
  3. Protect the body from the poisonous effects of harmful substances
    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002414.htm
  4. Thyroid hormone metabolism
  5. DNA synthesis
  6. Play critical roles in reproduction
    https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-HealthProfessional/

 

Overdose: more than 400 mcg
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-HealthProfessional/#h8

Excess: excreted in urine and feces
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2596749/

Solubility: water insoluble
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Selenium#section=Melting-Point

Side effects of high selenium:

  1. Hair and nail loss
  2. Nausea, diarrhea
  3. Skin rashes, mottled teeth
  4. Fatigue
  5. Irritability

Nervous system abnormalities
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-HealthProfessional/#h8

 

Recommended daily intake= 55 mcg

  1. Spices, mustard seed, yellow
    Contain: 134 mcg
    %DV: 191%
  2. Kamut, uncooked
    Contain: 69.3 mcg
    %DV: 99%
  3. sunflower seed kernels, dried
    Contain: 53.0 mcg
    %DV: 76%
  4. Mushrooms, shiitake, dried
    Contain: 46.1 mcg
    %DV: 66%
  5. Oat bran, raw
    Contain: 45.2 mcg
    %DV: 65%
  6. USDA Commodity, Peanut Butter, smooth
    Contain: 40.4 mcg
    %DV: 58%
  7. Spices, ginger, ground
    Contain: 38.5 mcg
    %DV: 55%
  8. Spices, garlic powder
    Contain: 38.0 mcg
    %DV: 54%
  9. Barley, pearled, raw
    Contain: 37.7 mcg
    %DV: 54%
  10. Bread, rye
    Contain: 30.9 mcg
    %DV: 44%

 

Deficiency symptoms

 

  1. cardiovascular disease
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482260/
  2. infertility
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482260/
  3. cognitive decline
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482260/
  4. myo-degenerative diseases which characterized by loss of coordination
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482260/
  5. retention of placenta and metritis
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29065468

Preterm infants, with low birth weight and increased risk of respiratory diseases
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24676200