The risk of two important adverse outcomes of pregnancy -- Preterm Birth and Preeclampsia -- may be selenium responsive. Pregnancy is a dynamic process characterized by an apparent increase in maternal utilization of selenium. Without supplementation, blood levels of selenium progressively decline during pregnancy and lactation. Inadequate selenium status in infants may enhance their vulnerability to adverse health outcomes, including bacterial infection (sepsis), impaired neurological development, and autism.
SELENIUM AND MATERNITY
Superiority of organic vs inorganic selenium. When discussing the role of selenium before, during and after pregnancy, it is important to point out that not all selenium is the same. More recently, organic bound selenium, such as that found in high-selenium yeast (SelenoExcell®) was found to protect DNA from lead damage in vitro, while an inorganic form (sodium selenite) actually promoted lead-induced DNA damage.
FORMULATOR'S CORNER, with Jim Roufs, MS
Jim Roufs, MS, RD, renowned formulator, on behalf of Cypress Ingredients, has put together a series of Selenium Product Development (PD) Essential documents to assist product developers and their quest to producing exclusive, comprehensive products available with key information to make important product development decisions. Having all the scientific research, daily intake values, regulatory issues and formulation rationale for a formula you are working all in one stop shop to make your life easier is what we aim to do here at Cypress Ingredients.
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Prenatal Formula from Seeking Health
Prenatal nutrition is important for both mother and child. But an emerging body of evidence is now showing that women’s nutritional needs in pregnancy may be even higher than traditionally thought and a broader swath of nutrients are critical. We now know that even marginal deficiencies in micronutrients can have a significant impact on the health of the mother and the development of the infant. Beyond active forms of folate, B vitamins and essential fatty acids, even trace minerals like selenium, which are known to be deficient in many populations, are important for a healthy pregnancy and the ongoing health of mother and child.