It seems that a toxic and very lethal byproduct of copper metal refining is present in many mass market products. The ingredient is even utilized as a selling point, which is very strange to say the least given its toxic properties. This often consumed byproduct is known as sodium selenate, and is capable of killing 50% of rats who ingest as little as .4 milligrams of it. Similarly, a human has a 50% chance of dying after consuming only 108 milligrams. To put things into some perspective, 108 milligrams is equal to about 11 grains of sand. It may be time to switch up your personal product selection.
Sodium Selenate | A Toxic Ingredient Added to Many Products
Listing sodium selenate as a ‘nutrient’ on labels of mass-market products and vitamins is nonsensical to say the least. This ‘nutrient’ is classified as dangerous and toxic to the environment by the Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union, yet it still proudly stands as a primary ingredient in many products. If other similar ‘ingredients’ were to be placed next to sodium selenate on any label, you may expect to read “mercury” or “cadmium”.
Sodium selenate can actually be naturally found in many foods such as brazil nuts, mustard seeds, and fresh produce. The toxicity problem arises when the ‘nutrient’ is isolated and separated from the other hundreds or thousands of known and unknown factors in food like enzymes, glyconutrients, minerals, etc. The selenium found within food have actually been shown to prevent disease, while the biologically inert forms used in products have the complete opposite effect on the body.
Why the toxic form of sodium selenate is allowed to be used at all is a mystery, but there is a good reason companies and manufacturers use it – it is cheap and inexpensive. While being proudly marketed on vitamin labels, sodium selenate has been shown to cause reproductive and developmental problems in both animals and humans. Some products containing sodium selenate are:
- Pet foods, including “organic” brands such as Newman’s Own.
- Selenium supplements, such as Twin Lab’s “Sodium Selenite,” Vitamin Research Products’ “Selenium.”
- Veterinary vitamins
- Nutrition Shakes, e.g. Kids Essentials, Nestle’s Nutrament
- Infant Formula, Sam’s Club “Simply Right,” Enfamil’s “Premium Infant Formula Powder.”
One other extremely popular product containing this ingredient exhibiting carcinogenicity and genotoxicity is the multivitamin Centrum. Does it seem strange that one of the most popular vitamins to date actually contains a toxic ingredient? This very popular multivitamin is actually a huge concoction of harmful and toxic ingredients, further discrediting those who swear by its safety and effectiveness.
There is a large difference between synthetic and natural vitamins, and there is a large difference between high quality and low quality supplements. The result of all of the vitamin studies using low quality supplements is simple: bad press on vitamins as a whole, as the authors fail to correctly distinguish the difference between low quality and high quality supplements. As a response, people are scared to take legitimately healthy multivitamins or health supplements, or think that all vitamins are the same.