The role of selenium in health was first recognized as a toxic one, by the recognition of its adverse effects. Being a trace element, only a minute amount is needed to maintain its important physiological roles. The recommended dietary allowance is 55 mcg per day, based on a reference dose of 0.005 mg/kg body weight/day. The following table shows the upper levels fixed by the FDA. It is important to note that infants should not receive selenium supplementation.