Selenium | Sources and benefits | Herbal Ignite

April 03, 2017 4 min read

Selenium – key support for a healthy immune system

What Is Selenium?

Selenium is an important trace element, which is essential to human wellbeing. We need it for a number of important bodily functions, including helping to regulate thyroid hormones and to support a healthy immune system. One of Selenium's most important roles is as an antioxidant; many studies have shown that cancer is less likely to develop in people who have more Selenium in their diets.

Selenium also plays a key role in general male health, including prostate health and healthy fertility and sperm counts.

How does Selenium work?

Selenium is a powerful mineral. Needed only in very small amounts, it can play a key role in your cells' defences against cancer. It is a central part of the enzymes that knock out free radicals, the unstable molecules that can attack your cells and ultimately lead to cancer.

Selenium also works alongside other antioxidants such as vitamins E and C, which are essential for a healthy immune system.

Selenium helps the body produce more selenoproteins. These compounds protect prostate cells from oxidation, a process that increases the risk of prostate enlargement. According to studies, men who have lower blood Selenium levels are more likely to be diagnosed with an enlarged prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Studies on Selenium

Studies have shown that Selenium intake above the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) may protect against certain cancers. In one region of China, where epidemic rates of esophageal and gastric cancers occurred, the risk was cut in half after large doses of Selenium supplement were given. In populations at higher risk of prostate cancer, Selenium supplements decreased the risk and growth rate of tumors.2

When combined with Saw Palmetto and Lycopene, Selenium packs a particularly strong prostate-protective punch. Several studies in men with BPH who had lower urinary tract symptoms found that these three supplements can team up to reduce inflammation and improve prostate symptoms.

In one study, 102 men who had chronic prostatitis or pelvic pain syndrome received either a combination of Selenium, Saw Palmetto and Lycopene, or Saw Palmetto alone. Chronic prostatitis symptoms declined dramatically in both groups, but the combination therapy resulted in a greater improvement.

Another study found that the combination of Selenium, Saw Palmetto and Lycopene was particularly effective in relieving BPH symptoms when used together with the prostate drug Tamsulosin.

How can I get more Selenium?

The richest sources of Selenium food supplement are cereals, grains, and Brazil nuts. Vegetables and fruits also provide small amounts of Selenium. How much we consume is almost entirely dependent on levels of Selenium in the soil where crops are grown.

The amount of Selenium needed for normal body function is 40 micrograms per day with the RDA being 55 micrograms. Countries that remain at risk for Selenium deficiency include New Zealand, China, Denmark and Finland.

Studies show that for maximum protection against cancer, intake of Selenium capsules as high as 100 to 300 micrograms per day is advantageous. To increase your intake of Selenium for maximum cancer protection, base your meals on a variety of grains.

Lycopene is a key mineral in Prostate PowerFlow, which provides up to 50 percent of the Selenium RDA for men. It has been used successfully by thousands of men in New Zealand and Australia to support prostate health.

How Prostate PowerFlow helps support prostate health

Prostate PowerFlowWhen taken daily, Prostate PowerFlow’s formulation works to support prostate health. It contains the following four key active ingredients:

  • Saw Palmetto. Saw Palmetto is commonly used in Europe and the U.S as a treatment for an enlarged prostate. Some studies have shown Saw Palmetto might help with BPH symptoms in several ways. These include:
    • You may need to get up less often at night to urinate.
    • It can improve your flow when you go.
    • It can ease painful urination.
  • Lycopene. Tomato-derived lycopene supports a healthy prostate and has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. It can help stop the enlargement of the prostate and prevent this condition from progressing to prostate cancer.
  • Selenium. Selenium provides antioxidant protection. Prostate PowerFlow provides up to 50 percent of the Selenium RDA to support men’s prostate health in New Zealand (RDA varies in different countries).
  • Zinc is necessary for the manufacture of testosterone, which is the key male hormone for potency and fertility and supports a healthy prostate gland.

Good prostate health is a key for men coping with the inevitable hormonal changes that accompany aging. Prostate PowerFlow with Saw Palmetto, Zinc, Lycopene and Selenium may help alleviate the natural side effects of growing older.

To support your prostate health, it is suggested that you take two capsules of PowerFlow daily; one in the morning and one in the evening with food.

Prostate PowerFlow is natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

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Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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