Selenium is a trace element essential for for DNA repair, for good immune function, and for reduced mortality risk.
The Micronutrient Information Center maintained by staff members at the Linus Pauling Institute of the Oregon State University provides reliable information about the vitamins and minerals and trace elements used in nutritional supplements.
Today, I want to summarize the information that the Center provides about selenium and supplement that information with the latest scientific research.
An Introduction to Selenium and Selenoproteins
Selenium is a trace element that is essential that humans need for the proper functioning of selenium-dependent selenoproteins. Free selenium is rare in the body. Instead, the selenium in the body is typically a component of selenomethionine, selenocysteine, and methyl-selenocysteine.