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What is Selenium and why is it important for your health and workout performance?

What is Selenium?

Selenium is an essential mineral, meaning it must be obtained through your diet and it plays a major role in many bodily functions including your metabolism, immune system and thyroid function.

What are the benefits of selenium?

Selenium is a powerful antioxidant
Antioxidants like selenium help reduce oxidative stress by neutralising the number of excess free radicals, protecting cells from damage.

Important for thyroid health
Selenium is important for the proper functioning of your thyroid gland. With your thyroid tissue containing more Selenium than any other organ.

Important for brain health
Selenium has been shown to improve cognitive health, helping with brain development and increasing your mood.

Could help to reduce your BMI
A recent study published in ‘Nutrients’ did a study of 3214 subjects showed that the subjects with a higher dietary selenium intake had lower BMI. Further research is needed however on seleniums impact on body fat composition.

Other Benefits of Selenium
– Can help with DNA synthesis
– Protects against oxidative damage
– Can help with asthma (more research needed)
– Can help against cancer (more research needed)

Sources of selenium

– Oysters
– Brazil Nuts
– Halibut
– Eggs
– Sardines
– Tuna
– Sunflower seeds
– Shitake mushroom
– Supplements


Selenium in Activits IgniteRX

IgniteRX multi-vitamin supplement with Vitamin D

In our IgniteRX a specially formulated liquid multi-vitamin for functional fitness athletes, weightlifters, cross fitters and powerlifters we have 28 important vitamins, minerals (including selenium), greens for health, ginseng and caffeine for the extra energy boost.

You can buy our IgniteRX here.