Selenium is a mineral found in the soil. Selenium naturally appears in water and some foods. While dogs and humans only need a very small amount, selenium is an essential mineral you and your dog must get from your diet as it plays a key role in the metabolism.
Selenium, like the other trace minerals is necessary to sustain your dog’s life. It is one of the critical nutritional factors for their immune system along with zinc, vitamin E, vitamin B6 and linoleic acid.
Adequate selenium is necessary for the normal functioning of the immune system and thyroid gland.
Selenium is also getting significant consideration for its role in various functions such as anticancer, joint health, skin and coat, immune resistance and for its antioxidant properties.
Research credits selenium with the following benefits to your dog’s body:
- Anti-cancer and antioxidant properties (1, 2, 3)
- Improved skin and coat condition (4)
- Strengthened immune system (5, 6)
- Improved joint health
- Slowed aging process of tissues (7)
- Pancreatic function
- Lipid absorption
- Proper thyroid function (8, 9)
- Hip dysplasia reduction (10)
- Cardiovascular disease prevention (11, 12)
It is generally found that organoselenium compounds have substantially greater bioavailability than that of inorganic selenium. (1)
We use a highly bio-available organic food-form selenium, Organic Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC R397 in combination with Sodium Selenite, an inorganic form.
Oats and Reishi Mushroom offer rich sources of natural, organic selenium in Bonza plant-based, vegan dog food.