Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine)
What is this known for?
Selenium is most commonly known these days for its antioxidant effects. It is also required for important antioxidant enzymes in the brain and other tissues.
Why are we using it in Power On?
Function #1: Selenium is essential for neurotransmission.
Selenium is vital for various functions of the brain. Selenium was shown to be involved in diverse functions of the central nervous system, including in GABA, dopamine and acetylcholine-related pathways. These pathways contribute to motor performance, coordination, memory and cognition.
Solovyev N. Importance of selenium and selenoprotein for brain function: From antioxidant protection to neuronal signalling. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. 2015;153:1-12. doi:10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2015.09.003.
Function #2: Selenium has antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties
Selenium plays an important role in the body’s anti-oxidation system; it can cooperate with other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, with protecting the cells from free radicals. Too many free radical activity can upset functions performed by membranes. The role of selenium in neurotransmission might not only be limited to antioxidant properties but also to inflammation.
Duntas L. Selenium and Inflammation: Underlying Anti-inflammatory Mechanisms. Hormone and Metabolic Research. 2009;41(06):443-447. doi:10.1055/s-0029-1220724.
Why this form?
Selenomethionine is the natural form of the trace mineral, formed in plants like brazil nuts. It is highly absorbable in this form, as opposed to the mineral form, selenium.
Can be found in:
Brazil nuts, seafood, organ meats, and dairy