Selenium, Nature’s Own Self-Defense Agent

Selenium's Self DefenseA recent self-defense class educated me on various combinations of tactics to escape and counter from an assailant. The instructor emphasized that every situation will be different and no particular move will work, for every scenario. As scientific research confirms, this also holds true for the mineral, selenium. It works as a behind the scenes nutrient with many types of weaponry to support the body’s natural defense system.

Protecting Your DNA

Violence comes in many shapes and forms, just like foreign particulates, trying to invade and breakdown the body’s cellular structure. Selenium’s defense system is unique, in that the organically bound, food-form of the mineral contains 25 key enzymes. These key enzymes protect DNA from oxidative stress and excessive free radicals that may increase cancer risk and reduce the body’s ability to support a healthy immune system.

What really stood out to me during the self-defense course were the highly effective strategies through simple, but solid techniques. After each iteration, the instructor had us repeatedly cycle the movements again and again. A Life Extension January 2017 article, Selenium’s Impact On Cancer Reduction, highlights this same principle. It takes multiple forms of selenium, working repeatedly and synergistically with other systems, to support the body’s natural defense system.


Organically Bound Selenium

Selenium Self Defense SystemToo often nutrients are reduced to one active ingredient or isolate, such as selenium selenite, selenomethionine or Selenium-methyl L-selenocysteine. Each one of these plays a role in health. But when it comes to selenium, this reductionist theory may not provide the body with enough protection. In contrast, organically bound selenium yeast that originates from a non-pathogenic, non-GMO Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain contains an entire arsenal of different forms of selenium. Each with their own synergistic purpose. Richard Passwater PhD, a leading selenium researcher, says the body may contain 50 to 100 different selenium proteins. The body needs an entire cache of all the forms of selenium, not just a single isolate, to support a healthy system of defense.


Scientific Studies

Sarah Lewis, the author Life Extension article, writes: “It should be noted that multiple scientific studies dating back to the 1970’s show that different forms of selenium provide a spectrum of protection … .” She goes on to say that since different forms of selenium have been shown “to provide various protective effects against cancer, oxidative stress, DNA damage and even shielding against toxic heavy metal poisoning,” a “cocktail” of different forms of selenium is preferred. Only high selenium yeast made to replicate the food form mineral, contain this cocktail. “Selenium from yeast provides advanced protection against oxidative stress and resulting DNA damage, to reduce the risks that a cell will undergo transformation into a malignancy,” Lewis writes.

With a flood of information bombarding us daily, filtering out fact from marketing fiction, can be a daunting task. Humans (and animals) need antioxidants, such as selenium, vitamin C, and vitamin E, to fight off free radicals. Understanding these antioxidants, we begin to see the importance of selenium yeast as a powerful weapon to include in a well-rounded, self-defense health and wellness program.

The Life Extension article is the perfect tool to educate consumers about the benefits of selenium yeast for cancer risk reduction.

Click on the image below to read the online interactive Life Extension Article and turn to Page 60.

Selenium Article from Life Extension

Melody Boates is the Marketing and Business Development Manager for Cypress Ingredients. She is an innovator, entrepreneur and maker of musical instruments, as well as a former flight engineer and Airman First Class (A1C) in the Air Force. 


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