Ever heard of selenium? It is a nutrient that we get from our food, only we don’t get enough, experts claim. This may affect our health and make us more vulnerable to disease.
If you are like most people, you get up in the morning, eat breakfast, have lunch, and finish with dinner in the evening. You get your three meals a day and chances are you feel reasonably healthy. Well, here is something you probably didn’t know: you are most likely not getting enough organic selenium.
Selenium is a nutrient like many others but scientists have discovered that it is vital to human health. Our immune system, our ability to reproduce, and the mechanisms our body uses to defend each and every cell use selenium for fuel. Not only are we highly dependent on it, we need a certain amount in order to keep these functions working.
Our diet lacks organic selenium
The selenium content in the average European diet is far less than it should ideally be. In England, the reduction in selenium intake has been more than fifty per cent in the last 20-30 years. Experts recommend 100-200 micrograms daily, possibly even more, but most of us have difficulty getting even half that amount.
The solution is to add selenium to fertilizers. They have done this in Finland since 1985. You could take a daily selenium supplement, something which more and more people are doing as a way of safe-guarding their health.
Published research has shown that selenium fuels more than 20 different protective proteins in the body. These proteins are part of the built-in defences against inflammation, cardiovascular disease, infertility, rheumatism, cancer, and many other diseases and conditions.
With too little selenium, these important functions fail to work properly and our health is affected negatively by it.
How to find the right supplement
Most selenium supplements look alike and it is tempting to assume that they are pretty much the same in terms of quality and effect. Nonetheless, there are huge differences and that is something you should be aware of. When you go shopping for selenium, make sure to stick with these two basic rules:
1. Choose organic selenium
Organic selenium is more bio-available than the inorganic selenium sources in inexpensive supplements. The body makes better use of organic selenium.
2. Ask for documentation
If a manufacturer of selenium is not able to document the quality and bio-availability of the preparation you may be wasting your money on something that is essentially worthless. Ask for documentation; it is your right.
Danish selenium yeast sets the standard
The Danish pharmaceutical company Pharma Nord which is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of high-quality food supplements and natural remedies has developed and patented a special selenium yeast (SelenoPrecise®
) that has become the official benchmark for quality internationally. It is proven that we absorb 88.7% of the content of the selenium yeast. In addition, it can document that at least 55% of the selenium in the yeast is L-selenomethionine, a selenium species that is known to have higher biological activity than others. Pharma Nord is the only supplier in EU that has such an organic selenium yeast.