Selenium 150 MAX provides 150mcg of selenium in each vegetable capsule. The selenium in Selenium 150 MAX is an organic form called selenomethionine, which is more bio-available than inorganic forms of selenium. Selenium is an essential trace mineral and potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger.
Selenium is an essential component of the enzyme system glutathione peroxidases, an enzyme system involved in deactivating free radicals. Selenium requirements are increased during times of oxidative stress such as strenuous exercise or exposure to pollutants such as cigarette smoke.
Selenium may assist in the healthy functioning of the prostate gland and male reproductive health. Selenium is required for testosterone synthesis and healthy sperm motility and maturation.
Selenium is necessary for healthy thyroid and immune system function. Selenium helps to regulate the production of immunoglobulins (such as IgG) and may enhance the activity of certain white blood cells such as the natural killer cells.
In the skin selenium helps to reduce crossover linking of collagen caused by free radicals, which precipitates loss of skin firmness.
Directions for use
Adults - Take 1 capsule daily, with food or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. Children under 15 years - not recommended.
Cautions and interactions
This product contains selenium which is toxic in high doses. A daily dose of 150 micrograms for adults, of selenium from dietary supplements should not be exceeded.
Around 40 per cent of fertility problems originate in men. These problems include:
poor quality of sperm. poor sperm movement. low sperm count. problems with the sperm DNA. The most typical symptom of male sub-fertility that may signal an underlying fertility problem is six-twelve months of unprotected intercourse without successful conception.
Disorders of sperm transportation (e.g. ejaculatory dysfunction or epididymal dysfunction). Testicular disease - primary hypogonadism (e.g. varicocele, trauma, mumps). Hypothalamic pituitary disease or secondary hypogonadism. Unexplained (e.g. nutritional deficiency, social drugs including caffeine and alcohol, stress etc). Infections (e.g. Chlamydia which may affect sperm health for up to 4 months after infection). Auto-immune, common after vasectomy reversal or genitourinary infections whereby sperm antibodies are present, preventing normal, healthy fertility.
Sperm are highly susceptible to oxidative damage and excessive generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) containing free oxygen radicals has been identified as one of the causes of male infertility. Supplementing with a variety of antioxidants is likely to support sperm health and improve male fertility.
Vitamin C is present in the extracellular fluid where it neutralises free radicals and prevents sticky sperm. Reduced quantities are found in the seminal plasma of infertile men.
Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that protects the health of the sperm. Free radicals can cause the sperm to become immotile. Treatment with vitamin E in patients with immotile sperm improves sperm motility.
Selenium may be taken for testosterone synthesis, normal sperm maturation and sperm motility. Structurally part of glutathione peroxidise an important detoxification system within the body.
Folate is needed for the rapid synthesis of DNA which occurs during sperm development. It also plays an important role in reproduction.
Zinc may promote formation and maturation of sperm for fertilisation.
L-Carnitine is effective in increasing semen quality, sperm concentration and total and forward sperm motility.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that improves sperm concentrations and morphology. Reduced levels have been found in infertile men.
Betacarotene is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant converted to vitamin A in the body. Intake is associated with higher concentration and motility of sperm.
Panax ginseng is traditionally used to promote fertility in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Oats seed is traditionally used to normalise sperm production and nourish the nervous system particularly where there is debility and exhaustion.
Tribulus is used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic and aphrodisiac. It has also been used in European folk medicine for increasing muscle strength and sexual potency.
A semen analysis can offer more insight into the cause of sub-fertility.
The following may also be beneficial:
Keep laptops and mobile phones away from the lap or pockets located close to the genital area. The heat/electromagnetic waves generated from them can impact sperm production and development making it difficult to conceive. Place laptops on desktops to keep the computer's heat from damaging sperm. Phones can be kept in a bag/briefcase.
Boxers or briefs? Definitely boxers! When wearing briefs the testes can overheat resulting in low sperm count. Due to their heating nature saunas and very hot baths should also be avoided.
Avoid exercise that can cause trauma to the genital area such as cycling. Smoker? Quit! Smoking cigarettes has been linked to DNA fragmentation of sperm leading to low sperm counts and sluggish sperm motility. A healthy diet forms the basis of healthy sperm. Limit caffeine and saturated fat, both impact optimal sperm production. Ensure adequate water and plenty of nutritious wholefoods, organic where possible. Alcohol is a reproductive toxin that produces abnormalities in the quality of healthy semen. Avoid where possible.
Recreational drugs such as marijuana decrease all sperm parameters and inhibit the processes required for sperm penetration of the egg. Medical drugs such as antifungals (e.g. ketoconazole) and antibiotics (e.g. nitrofurantoin) can also impair spermatogenesis.
Each vegetable capsule contains
equiv. Selenium 150mcg
Does not contain added egg, milk, peanut, corn, soy, tree nut or animal products, yeast, gluten, lactose, artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives
Dairy Free , Gluten Free , Sugar Free , Vegan , Vegetarian , Wheat Free