This way, it provides a safe deposit of selenium for future usage. The quality of selenised yeast is expressed by consequence in the percentage of selenium in the form of l-selenomethionine. Recently, a new generation organic selenium source has entered the South-African market. This source contains pure, synthetically made l-selenomethionine, present as a single amino acid. L-selenomethionine is the desired molecule for ruminants. Free l-selenomethionine and l-selenomethionine incorporated in the rumen microorganisms is readily available for absorption in the small intestine. The absorbed l-selenomethionine is then deposited as a methionine source in animal protein, and acts as a safe storage. In times of stress, l-selenomethionine is released from the proteins into the amino acid pool due to protein turnover, and selenium can be utilised for selenoprotein production and immune stimulation, thus enabling consistent selenium supply tailored to the animals’ specific needs. Various trials with l-selenomethionine have resulted in the highest bioavailability, compared to any other selenium source, when it comes to deposition in meat, eggs, or milk. Where biofortification of milk is considered, l-selenomethionine is the best option. For cheese makers specifically, the additional value of increased l-selenomethionine levels in milk are shown to relate to lower Oxidation of the cheese.
Lifted to maximum potential
Thanks to state-of-the-art engineering and innovation, organic selenium has been lifted to its maximum potential. Excential Selenium 4000 (Orffa Additives B.V., The Netherlands) is the only organic product in the market providing all selenium in the most effective, bioavailable form – l-selenomethionine. There is no variation in concentration in comparison with other organic selenium sources (for example, selenised yeasts) and, from a health and safety perspective, it is supplied as a dust-free preparation. Excential Selenium 4000 is now available for inclusion in feed premixes in South Africa. For more information contact one of our specialists.