Modern biochemistry tells us that trace minerals zinc, manganese, boron, vanadium, molybdenum, strontium, silicon, iron, chromium and selenium are essential to health.
Selenium is an essential component of the cellular antioxidant, glutathione peroxidase. An undersupply of Selenium may lead to profound oxidative damage to cell structures. It is customarily supplied by grains and vegetables in the diet, but the amount of Selenium in the plant directly reflects the amount of Selenium in the soil. And Selenium is not evenly distributed throughout the Earth’s agricultural regions due simply to conditions and forces at play as the Earth’s crust was formed millennia ago. Broad farming regions of the United States and China, for example, naturally have little Selenium in the soil.
A new technology has been successfully developed with the goal to overcome the inherent low bioavailability of most supplemental minerals. The cruciferous plant, Indian mustard, (Brassica juncea) is now hydroponically cultivated to hyperaccumulate minerals into natural, organic complexes that the human body may more easily absorb. Unexcelled safety and natural bioavailability are the hallmarks of Phytominerals bound into organic complexes with proteins, carbohydrates and other food factors in the stem and leaves of the plant. Such compounds are ideally matched to, and recognized by the human digestive tract.
Scientists control all nutrients fed to the plants using advanced hydroponic techniques to yield a consistent, standardized mineral content in the Brassica juncea. Harvested plants require no additional processing other than drying and milling to a fine powder.