Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace mineral. This means it’s needed through food as our bodies don’t make it.

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Why You'll Love Selenium

The Defender

Given its antioxidant properties, selenium may boost physical appearance and beauty as well by preventing some of the cell damage that accelerates the aging process.

Our selenium supplement

Form

Pill form

L-selenomethionine

Tablet / Capsule

GMO
free

Gluten
free

Lactose
free

No artificial
colors

Vegan
options

Where to find it

Brazil nuts

Seafood:

tuna, shrimp, sardines, and
salmon

Meat:

turkey, chicken, lamb, and beef

Breads, cereals, and grains

Recommended intake

55-70 mcg

daily recommended intake,
depending on your age, gender,
and pregnancy/lactation status

Key functions

Thyroid health*

DNA production*

Reproduction*

Protection from infection and oxidative damage*

Detoxification*

Immunity*

Regulating inflammation*

Associations of lower
selenium intake

Increased risk for thyroid disorders, especially in women

Increased risk for certain cancers including colon, rectum, prostate, and stomach

Some studies suggest lower selenium levels are associated with cognitive decline in older individuals

Some studies have shown an association of low blood levels with cardiovascular disease, but other studies disagree

The amount of selenium in food depends on the amount of selenium in the soil

This is more varied for plant-based sources of selenium, but can still impact animal-based sources depending on what plants the animal eats. The United States is not considered to be an area that has low-selenium soil.

Most Americans consume enough selenium thanks to eating foods from a wide variety of selenium-sufficient soil. People who are on kidney dialysis or who have HIV may be at greater risk of getting inadequate amounts of selenium.

Most Americans consume enough selenium thanks to eating foods from a wide variety of selenium-sufficient soil.

People who are on kidney dialysis or who have HIV may be at greater risk of getting inadequate amounts of selenium. Source: National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Selenium — Health Professional Fact Sheet.

Risk factors for low selenium include smoking as well as drinking alcohol.

Where to find it

Brazil nuts

Seafood:

tuna, shrimp, sardines, and
salmon

Meat:

turkey, chicken, lamb, and beef

Breads, cereals, and grains

Recommended intake

55-70 mcg

daily recommended intake,
depending on your age, gender,
and pregnancy/lactation status

Key functions

Thyroid health*

DNA production*

Reproduction*

Protection from infection and oxidative damage*

Detoxification*

Immunity*

Regulating inflammation*

Associations of lower
selenium intake

Increased risk for thyroid disorders, especially in women

Increased risk for certain cancers including colon, rectum, prostate, and stomach

Some studies suggest lower selenium levels are associated with cognitive decline in older individuals

Some studies have shown an association of low blood levels with cardiovascular disease, but other studies disagree

Risk factors for low selenium include smoking as well as drinking alcohol.

Our selenium

The kind of selenium supplement matters in order to get the most benefit.

Baze uses the form L-selenomethionine, which has 90% absorption, superior than the commonly used inorganic selenium (selenite).

References

This fact sheet by Baze is for information purposes only and should not take the place of medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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