Recommended daily dose of selenium

Selenium has antioxidant properties, which may help your body fight off illnesses. It also helps maintain the immune system and regulate thyroid function.
Some studies suggest that selenium may help prevent certain types of cancer. However, research on supplementation hasn’t demonstrated that selenium, in pill form, can aid in cancer prevention. Preliminary studies have also looked at the relationship between selenium and arthritis. So far, selenium supplements haven’t been recommended for any type of disease prevention.

Recommended daily dose of selenium

AgeSelenium
μg/day
0 - 6 months6
7-11 months10
1-3 years 17
4-6 years21
7-9 years21
Males 10 - 18 years34
Females 10 - 18 years26
Males 19 - 65 years34
Females 19 - 50 years 26
Females 51 - 65 years26
Males 65 + years34
Females 65 + years26
Pregnancy
First trimester
Pregnancy
Second trimester
28
Pregnancy
Third trimester
30
Lactation
0-3 months
35
Lactation
4-6 months
35
Lactation
7-12 months
42

Foods High in Selenium

FoodAmount(μg)
Lobster3 oz66
Tuna3 oz60
Shrimp3 oz54
Oysters3 oz48
Fish3 oz40
Liver3 oz56
Ham3 oz29
Beef3 oz22
Bacon3 oz21
Chicken3 oz18
Lamb3 oz14
Veal3 oz10
Egg1 medium37