Want the complex facts on selenase and vitamin C compatibility?

Long before selenium was dubbed a potential panacea, Linus Pauling had popularized the use of another powerful antioxidant for health and medicine. Descendent from Prussian farmers and winner of an amazing total of two unshared Nobel Prizes, Pauling can be called the father of vitamin C and a pioneer in scientifically proving the significance of micronutrients to public health.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences commended this pivotal figure "for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances." Like selenium, the main ingredient in biosyn’s selenase, vitamin C is an essential micronutrient and radical scavenger attributed with many preventative and health-promoting properties. Excessive doses are excreted in the urine. Not unsurprisingly, they might be considered beneficial in combination. Indeed, a glass of vitamin C-rich orange juice may even assist in sodium selenite absorption. Yet, as explained in biosyn’s new selenase compatibility fact sheet, it is not recommended to infuse high-dose selenase together with vitamin C. The two are not miscible. If high-doses of these two are combined in an infusion solution, a readily recognizable orange-red reaction occurs in the infusion bag for example. In this reaction, vitamin C reduces sodium selenite to elemental selenium, a solid. This renders Se+IV ineffective. The bulletin published by biosyn includes details on which other substance react in a similar way, a miscibility table, examples with infusion volumes and timing as well as links to general references for outpatient settings.

To stay better informed about complex micronutrient interactions, download the fact sheet now at:

  1. micronutrients
  2. essential trace elements
  3. health balance