Which foods are good sources of selenium?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Selenium is plentiful in many foods: garlic, whole grains, cereals, meats, and some seafood. Because garlic in particular has been well documented as providing numerous health benefits, I recommend getting selenium by loading your meals with lots of garlic.
The following foods are the top sources of selenium:

• Brazil nuts
• Oysters
• Halibut
• Yellowfin Tuna
• Lobster
• Oat bran
• Shrimp
• Shiitake Mushrooms, cooked
• Sunflower seeds
• Cereals
Dariush Mozaffarian, MD
Internal Medicine
Here are selected food sources of selenium from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference:
  • Brazil nuts, 1 ounce
  • Tuna, light, canned in oil, 3 ounces
  • Beef, cooked, 3 1/2 ounces
  • Cod, cooked, 3 ounces
  • Chicken breast, roasted, 3 1/2 ounces
  • Noodles, enriched, boiled, 1/2 cup
  • Egg, whole, 1 medium
  • Cottage cheese, 2% fat, 1/2 cup
Some selenium-rich foods include:
  • Brazil nuts (1/2 ounce; 3-4 nuts) 270 mcg
  • Tuna, canned (3 ounces) 65 mcg
  • Couscous, cooked (1 cup) 43 mcg
  • Halibut, cooked (3 ounces) 40 mcg
  • Pasta, cooked (1 cup) 37 mcg
  • Pork (3 ounces) 30-40 mcg
  • Salmon, cooked (3 ounces) 32 mcg
  • Turkey or chicken, light meat (3 ounces) 24-27 mcg
  • Bagel (1 medium) 27 mcg
  • Ground beef, cooked (3 ounces) 18-24 mcg

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