Selenium

Look throughout the ruby red glass at a worldly element.

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Atomic Symbol: Se

Atomic Number: 34

Atomic Mass: 78.96

Periodic Table Family: Group 16 (VIA) {chalcogen}

Discovery: Jöns Jacob Berzelius and J.G. Gahn, sweedish chemists who discovered the chemical in 1818.

Abundance: 0.05 to 0.09 parts per million

Common Non-Life-Related Uses:

  • Pigment
  • Electronics
  • Glass-Making
Selenium

Know Your RDAs:


Children 1-3: 20 micro-grams

Children 4-8: 30 micro-grams

Children 9-13: 40 micro-grams

Adults and Children Over 14: 55 micro-grams

Pregnant Women: 60 micro-grams

Breastfeeding Women: 70 micro-grams


THESE ARE THE MINIMUM INTAKE.


THE AVERAGE ADULT AMERICAN TAKES

IN ABOUT 125 MICRO-GRAMS A DAY.

Pros Of Meeting That RDA/The Cons Of Skimping Out:


Selenium is an element high in antioxidants, which protect cells from damage, and thus are all the craze in the health-conscious world of today. Research has connected proper selenium intake with lowered odds of prostate cancer. Research on healthy people in the U.S. has shown that their bodies contain proper selenium levels.


Some health conditions like HIV, Crohn's disease, and others have been connected to low selenium levels. People fed intravenously also become at risk for low selenium.

Selenium has also been studied at great length in attempts to prove connected to a wide array of diseases and medical issues.

WARNING!!! CAUTION!!! ALERT!!! SCARY!!! (Exceeding 400 micro-grams a day could result in SELENIUM TOXICITY. Symptoms include: hair loss, white spots on fingernails, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and nerve damage.)

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