Get the Most from Your Minerals

Get the Most from Your Minerals

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by in Nutrition

You may have noticed “chelated” before iron, zinc, calcium, or other minerals on the label of your multi. What exactly does this mean? Are chelated minerals better than nonchelated forms? Health e Times contacted Albion Human Nutrition, a leader and innovator in amino acid chelate nutrition, for the inside scoop on chelation and what it means for your health.

Q: What is chelation?

A: To explain chelation (pronounced “key-LAY- shun”), it’s important to start by talking about bioavailability. Bioavailability is an important concept in mineral nutrition. It is the measure of how much of an orally consumed nutrient is absorbed and thus available for the body to use. All of the nutrition we take in must be available to our various systems for growth, maintenance of body tissues, reproduction, and other performance factors. No matter how high the nutrient levels or how well formulated the product, if it’s not available, then you’re wasting money and effort.

The body doesn’t use inorganic minerals efficiently because it must convert them into an absorbable form. When minerals such as zinc, manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, and others become surrounded by and bonded to amino acids in a stable form, this is referred to as chelation. Chelation is a natural means for the body to transport minerals across the intestinal wall as part of digestion. Naturally chelated minerals, such as the iron and zinc found in meat, are absorbed efficiently. Ideally, supplemental minerals—whether in fortified foods or dietary supplements—should be in a chelated state.

Q: Why are the minerals bound to amino acids?

A:The body is very efficient at absorbing amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Chelating minerals to amino acids allows this mineral form to be more easily transported across the intestinal lining into the bloodstream.

Q: Are there any nutritional benefits specific to chelated minerals versus nonchelated minerals?

A:Yes. Clinical research on Albion chelates has shown their safety and efficacy for a number of health conditions, including iron-deficiency anemia, prostate health, and diabetes. In a number of studies, Albion chelated minerals were significantly more effective than nonchelated forms.

Q: What should a consumer look for when choosing a chelated mineral?

A: There are many products on the market that are reported to be chelates. Some are only mixtures of minerals and proteins that don’t fit into the definition of true amino acid chelates. These lose integrity during digestion, becoming unstable and compromising availability. When you’re looking for available minerals, look for Albion chelates. We guarantee purity and stability. Albion chelated minerals provide chelated mineral forms that are structurally identical to chelates found in nature.

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