Bluebonnet’s Selenium 100mcg Capsules provide pure yeast-free selenium in a chelate of L-methionine, an essential amino acid. Available in an easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
Selenium (micromineral) is a constituent of glutathione peroxidase, an antioxidant enzyme that helps neutralize the effects of free radicals, heavy metals and other toxins within body tissue. Selenium supports the immune system, promotes energy production, and plays a role in tissue elasticity and pancreatic functions. In addition, selenium helps support the health of menopausal women, as well as the reproductive health of men by assisting in the production of healthy semen. Dietary sources high in selenium include whole grains, bread and fish.
Mineral chelates (pronounced KEY-lates) are minerals bound to special “carriers” like amino acids and are particularly effective in propelling nutrients into the blood stream. Few nutritional substances cross the intestinal wall as quickly and easily as amino acids, thanks to their unique active transport mechanism of absorption. By linking the two, the amino acid is able to transport the mineral across the intestinal lining into the body, so it can be put to use. However, to be transported intact, the mineral must have a stable bond to the amino acid. Simply mixing minerals with amino acids – a basic ionic and hydrogen bond – will not produce a stable product. Mineral “chelates” created in this manner often lose their integrity during digestion and compromise the nutrient’s availability.
Dietary minerals serve a life-sustaining function by helping your body operate properly and remain strong. Minerals build skeletal and soft tissues, and they also regulate processes – such as heartbeat, blood clotting, internal fluid pressure, nerve reactions, impulse transmissions, muscle contractions, oxygen transport, acid/base balance to keep the pH of the body neutral, as well as enzyme and hormone systems.
In addition, dietary minerals make up 60 to 80% of all the inorganic (non-carbon containing) material in the body, and they fall into two categories: macrominerals and microminerals. There are seven macrominerals (Table 8), also known as major or bulk minerals: calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulfur. They are present in virtually every cell in the body and at least 100 mg of each are needed daily just for normal functioning and well-being. Microminerals (Table 9), commonly called trace minerals, are required in smaller quantities – typically less than 100 mg per day. Still, some are considered “essential” for good nutrition. Essential microminerals include chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. Unfortunately, dietary minerals have low bioavailability, which means in their natural state, they are not readily available for use in the body. This is because minerals are too big and bulky with high molecular weights, so they are unable to cross the intestinal membrane intact. To enable dietary minerals to pass through the intestinal wall where they can be absorbed into the blood stream, they are usually attached to a “carrier.” This is why minerals are found in various forms like magnesium aspartate and calcium citrate.
As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
Serving Size = 1 Capsule
Servings per Container: 90
Selenium (L-selenomethionine) - 100 mcg (143%DV)
Other Ingredients: Kosher vegetable capsules, vegetable cellulose, silica, vegetable magnesium stearate.
Free of milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.
Also free of corn, yeast, gluten, barley, rice, sodium and sugar.
Minerals are shown in their elemental value.
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