How Much Selenium Should You Take Per Day To Avoid Selenium Toxicity

Selenium toxicity is often known as selenosis, if you are consuming too much selenium from your meals and diet regime then you should consider knowing how much selenium should you take per day. I’m going to introduce to selenium intake.

What is Selenium?

Our body requires inorganic compounds, which is commonly known as elements but we also call it “minerals”, it needs to support development, growth and daily function.

Despite the fact that Our body only requires smaller amounts of the mineral selenium. Selenium performs a crucial part in the production of proteins required to maintain the thyroid gland and helps to work immune system correctly.

  • Selenium is a mineral found in the soil.
  • It naturally shows up in water and some foods.
  • Although We simply need a quite little amount.
  • It performs a crucial part in the metabolism.

Selenium is available in two forms

  • inorganic (selenate and selenite)
  • organic (selenomethionine and selenocysteine)

 

The two forms can be good dietary sources of selenium. Soils include inorganic selenites and selenates, which plants acquire and even transform to organic forms of selenium, usually selenocysteine and selenomethionine along with their methylated derivatives.

 

 

How Much Selenium Should You Take Daily

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I was reading about brazil nuts, and I found the rich amount of selenium in them. The problem was the excessive amount of selenium that brazil nuts possess.

Just 1 brazil nut gives you 95.9 mcg selenium that is more than recommended daily allowance of selenium Every day.

After researching about brazil nut, I discovered that 1 ounce of brazil nuts can cause you selenium toxicity for that reason it requires understanding how much selenium daily we need.

Consuming larger amount of selenium can cause selenium toxicity, which is also known as selenosis.

The following is the average daily recommended amounts of selenium each day.

[Source: Office of Dietary Supplements]

 

Age Group
Recommended Dietary Allowance
Birth to 6 months          15 micrograms/day
Children 7-12 months          20 micrograms/day
Children 1-3          20 micrograms/day
Children 4-8          30 micrograms/day
Children 9-13          40 micrograms/day
Adults and children 14 and up          55 micrograms/day
Pregnant teens & women          60 micrograms/day
Breastfeeding teens & women          70 micrograms/day

 

The following is the upper limits for selenium from foods and dietary supplements.

Age Group
Upper Limit
Birth to 6 months          45 micrograms/day
Children 7-12 months          60 micrograms/day
Children 1-3          90 micrograms/day
Children 4-8          150 micrograms/day
Children 9-13          280 micrograms/day
Adults and children 14 and up          400 micrograms/day

 

Selenosis

The Office of Dietary Supplements Suggests that a large amount of selenium in your blood understood to be a concentration of above 100 micrograms per deciliter, leads to “selenosis”.

 

If you consume excessive amount of selenium then you can suffer from the selenosis, The symptoms of selenosis are following,

  • Garlic breath
  • Brittle hair or nails
  • Loss of hair or nails
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Skin rashes
  • Irritability
  • Nervous system problems

The following question “how much selenium should you take daily” is important because our favorite brazil nuts contain too much selenium, and daily intake of selenium will clear us how many brazil nuts is safe to eat without suffering from selenosis or their symptoms. It will help us to stay on the safe side.

Let me know if you want to tell any experience with selenium through comments.

 

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