Selenium Nutrition During Lactation and Early Infancy

  • Anne M. Smith
  • Mary Frances Picciano


The nutritional importance of selenium has only recently been discovered. Selenium was originally considered only to be a toxic element after it was found to cause the disabling Alkali Disease and the Blind Staggers in livestock grazing in parts of the western United States during the early 1900’s. These areas were and still are sites of selenium-accumulat ing plants. About 50 years later the beneficial aspects of selenium began to be recognized when Schwarz and Foltz (1) found that selenium prevented liver necrosis in rats.


Human Milk Selenium Concentration Selenium Deficiency Selenium Content Selenium Intake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne M. Smith
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mary Frances Picciano
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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