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May 1, 2014, last updated May 15, 2014
By L. Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist
Selenium may not be a household name but this is one
behind-the-scenes nutrient you can’t do without. Selenium
is a trace mineral and our bodies use it to make an
important antioxidant - glutathione peroxidase – that
works alongside vitamin E to protect cells from free radical
damage. As part of its role in the antioxidant process,
selenium may improve immune function, prevent arthritis,
and even protect against cancer. Are you getting enough
selenium? What foods are rich in selenium?
How Much Selenium Do You Need?
According to the National Institutes of Health: Office of
Dietary Supplements, teens and adults need 55mcg a day
of selenium. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should
get 60mcg and 70mcg respectively.
The National Institutes of Health says most Americans
consume enough selenium – the average daily intake was
108.5mcg from foods and 120.8mcg from food and
supplements in the 2009–2010 National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
However, selenium intakes do vary a lot across the country
due to the different amounts of selenium in the soil and in
the foods local people consume. People undergoing kidney
dialysis and people with HIV are at greater risk of selenium
It is important that you get enough selenium because this
trace mineral has a role to play in many different illnesses
and health conditions – selenium deficiency can lead to
heart disease and arthritis, and is associated with male
What Are Some Sources of Selenium?
The best source of selenium is Brazil nuts. These nutritious
nuts pack in 544 mcg per 6 to 8 nuts (more than 700
percent the daily allowance).
Seafood and ham are also rich sources of selenium –
yellow fin tuna has 92mcg per 3 ounces and halibut has
47mcg, while ham has 42mcg per 3 ounces. Macaroni, beef
steak, turkey, beef liver, chicken, cottage cheese, rice,
eggs, bread and baked beans are all good sources of
You are likely to get enough selenium if you consume a
balanced diet. But why is selenium important? We looked
at recent scientific research to find out why you need
selenium, and why you need it badly.
Top 7 Reasons You Need Selenium
1. Selenium Lowers Your Risk for Cancer
Experts think selenium may play a part in the prevention of
cancer because of its actions in DNA repair, its role in
protection of the immune system, and its antioxidant
mechanism. While it is by no means certain that selenium
can help lower the risk of cancer, there are studies that
point to its success in this area.
For example, a 2011 study from the Institut fur
Transdisziplinare Gesundheitsforschung, Berlin, Germany
showed people with low selenium levels were at greater
risk of prostate, bladder, colorectal, skin, gastric, lung, and
Those with the highest intake of selenium had a 31 percent
lower risk of cancer and a 45 percent lower risk of cancer
mortality than those with the lowest intake of selenium.
And a 2006 study from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven,
Belgium demonstrated a powerful link between low serum
selenium levels and prostate cancer. However, other
studies have not found links and it is clear that further
research would be beneficial in this area.
2. Selenium May Protect Against Hashimoto's Disease
Selenium may offer improvements in the condition of
people suffering from Hashimoto’s disease, a form of
hypothyroidism, according to a 2010 study from
Papageorgiou General Hospital, Greece. The researchers
looked at data from six trials involving 339 people and
found supplementation with 200mcg of selenium per day
improved mood and wellbeing, and reduced the levels of
antibodies that attack the thyroid.
In fact, you need selenium in general to keep your thyroid
healthy. Selenium is needed to trigger the production of
3. Selenium Helps Prevent Heart Disease?
Experts have suggested that selenium can help reduce the
risk of heart disease based on its antioxidant action and
the way it can reduce inflammation. Studies have provided
conflicting data on this issue, with some finding a link
between low levels of selenium and a higher risk of
coronary heart disease.
For example, a 2006 study from Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore. A 2011
study from the University of Surrey, Guildford, United
Kingdom found selenium supplementation reduced the risk
of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers looked at 474 adults and found selenium
supplements lowered levels of HDL cholesterol.
4. Selenium May Improve Immune Function
Selenium has been touted as an aid for the immune system
– increasing general immunity and making it more likely
you will be able to avoid disease.
A 2004 study from the University of Liverpool, UK found
that the use of selenium supplements improved the general
immune function of healthy adults in the UK (where minor
selenium deficiency is more common).
5. Is Selenium Helpful for Relieving Depression?
According to the results of a small survey in 2008 of
nursing home residents, carried out by the University of
Reading, UK, low levels of selenium were linked to
After eight weeks of selenium supplements, the most
seriously depressed nursing home residents reported
improved mood and a lessening of symptoms of
6. Selenium Deficiency is Linked to Male Infertility
Experts have questioned whether low levels of selenium
have an impact on male fertility. Researchers in a 1998
study from Glasgow Royal Infirmary, UK looked at the
effect of selenium supplementation on men who were
selenium deficient and found 56 percent of the participants
selenium supplements improved the chances of
impregnation and conception.
It turns out that sperm cells love selenium. A 2010 study
led by Dr. Sebastian Kehr from the Redox Biology Center
and Department of Biochemistry at the University of
Nebraska looked at sperm cells microscopically to
understand the process of sperm creation, called
The researchers discovered that sperm cells have a
surprisingly large capacity to absorb selenium. The
microscopic examination revealed "the ability of sperm
cells to handle the amounts of this element well above its
7. Prevent Arthritis with Selenium
A 2000 study from the National Public Health Institute
(KTL), Helsinki, Finland demonstrated that low selenium
levels were associated with the increased risk of
developing rheumatoid arthritis. However, it doesn’t
appear that supplementation with the trace mineral affects
the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis once it has already
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