Chapter 5. Selenium

  1. Conor Reilly BSc, BPhil, PhD, FAIFST1,2

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774786.ch5

The Nutritional Trace Metals

The Nutritional Trace Metals

How to Cite

Reilly, C. (2004) Selenium, in The Nutritional Trace Metals, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470774786.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Emeritus Professor of Public Health, Queensland, University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

  2. 2

    Visiting Professor of Nutrition, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 NOV 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405110402

Online ISBN: 9780470774786



  • selenium compounds;
  • environment;
  • brazil nuts;
  • iodothyronine deiodinase;
  • kashin-beck disease


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Selenium chemistry

  • Production of selenium

  • Sources and distribution of selenium in the environment

  • Selenium in foods and beverages

  • Absorption of selenium from ingested foods

  • Biological roles of selenium

  • Selenium in human health and disease

  • Recommended allowances, intakes and dietary reference values for selenium

  • Perspectives for the future

  • References