Okay, you may immediately ask yourself what makes a trace mineral such as selenium so sensational. Fair enough, so let’s begin with 3 points extrapolated from a 2019 study that describes selenium as . . . fascinating:
- Essential for the proper functioning of all organisms
- Protective against damage from free radicals
- Important for maintaining homeostasis in the human body
Not bad for something so dietarily tiny. A micronutrient to be exact, but crucial for your health.
Selenium Past and Present
The awareness of selenium goes back over two centuries. First discovered in 1817, this element with sulfur-like properties was named after the Greek word for moon: selene.
Although selenium was initially considered to be toxic, it was not until the 20th century that its many health benefits came to light. The identification of selenocysteine, selenoproteins and selenoenzymes has led to in-depth research on selenium’s role in humans.
One of the key protective roles played by selenium is its involvement with glutathione, one of the body’s most important antioxidants, providing protection from the damaging effects of free radicals and reactive oxygen compounds. As a major component of the enzymatic antioxidant glutathione peroxidase, selenium is integral in the activity and recycling of glutathione, a non-enzymatic antioxidant.
How Much Selenium Do You Need?
In the USA, the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) recommends that adult men and women have an intake of 55 micrograms daily. However, the protective effect of selenium is reached at 250–300 micrograms of selenium daily.
Most people get their selenium in the food they eat, including bread, eggs, poultry, red meat and seafood. Brazil nuts happen to be the richest source.
Plant-based sources of selenium are of varying amounts depending on how much selenium is in the soil. The geographic location of crops plays a role. The Pacific Northwest and Eastern Coastal plain of the USA have the lowest levels of selenium.
When it comes to supplementing your intake of selenium, it is important to choose a source that is most bioavailable: selenomethionine. Proancynol 2000 is a dietary antioxidant supplement that delivers 200 micrograms of selenium per serving in the absorbable form of L-selenomethionine. This amount helps you to reach the protective amount of selenium and benefit the most from its antioxidant activity. Along with sensational selenium, Proancynol 2000 gives you six additional powerful ingredients that provide a diversity of antioxidants. And that’s also sensational.
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