37. Selenium

  1. John W. Erdman Jr. PhD2,
  2. Ian A. Macdonald PhD3 and
  3. Steven H. Zeisel MD, PhD4
  1. Emily N. Terry MS and
  2. Alan M. Diamond PhD

Published Online: 18 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119946045.ch37

Present Knowledge in Nutrition, Tenth Edition

Present Knowledge in Nutrition, Tenth Edition

How to Cite

Terry, E. N. and Diamond, A. M. (2012) Selenium, in Present Knowledge in Nutrition, Tenth Edition (eds J. W. Erdman, I. A. Macdonald and S. H. Zeisel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119946045.ch37

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Urbana, Illinois, USA

  2. 3

    Nottingham, England

  3. 4

    UNC Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 500 Laureate Way, Rm 2218, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Pathology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 840 S. Wood St, Suite 130 CSN, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470959176

Online ISBN: 9781119946045



  • selenium, and Keshan disease, associated with selenium deficiency;
  • selenium trace element, and impact on human health;
  • selenium biological, as constituents of selenium-containing proteins;
  • nutritional aspects of selenium biology, its metabolism to impact on human health;
  • dietary selenium, recommended daily allowance, and assessment;
  • total body selenium content, and the regions where people reside;
  • levels of plasma/serum selenium (μg/L) in distinct populations;
  • urine selenium levels, correlated with predicted intake;
  • selenium toxicity, symptoms and causes, multifactorial;
  • selenoprotein genetics and disease, selenoproteins in disease risk, etiology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Summary

  • Dietary Selenium, Recommended Daily Allowance, and Assessment

  • Diseases of Excess and Deficiency

  • Metabolism

  • Selenium and Human Health

  • Selenoproteins

  • Future Directions