What is a Mineral chelate?…and what makes it better than other minerals?

Lets first discuss: what are minerals?

To begin, they are not vitamins. Our society uses the nouns interchangeably, which is incorrect. Theses nutrients are vastly different however work in harmony with one another.

A synergistic balance is required for the functionality of both nutrients.

A mineral is a solid crystalline substance not of animal or vegetable origin. Minerals used in food fortification and nutritional supplements, cannot be made by the body. They must be ingested from external sources. Our bodies are able to synthesize certain vitamins, however minerals must be derived as natural elements from nature.

Minerals are critical to the existence to the human body because of the numerous system and functions they support. Research shows that imbalances or deficiencies contribute to system dysfunctions in the following areas:

  • Immune
    • Copper, Zinc, Iron, Selenium
  • Energy
    • Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese
  • Hormone
    • Iron, Manganese,Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium
  • Vitamin Production
    • Cobalt
  • Blood
    • Iron, Copper
  • Enzyme
    • Zinc, Copper, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Molybdenum
  • Skeletal
    • Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, Boron, Phosphorus
  • Reproduction
    • Phosphorus, Copper, Potassium, Manganese

Now that we understand the importance to how minerals benefit our health and the difference with vitamins, let us discuss absorption and bioavailability.

Absorption is the physical ‘uptake’ of a nutrient inside or outside of the body. The outside being your skin, which is the largest organ and does absorb nutrients however topical is a slower and less efficient means. Internal absorption of minerals takes place at the intestinal walls as a part of digestion.

Bioavailability is the amount of the absorbed nutrient which is made available for metabolism and organ function. The bioavailability and use of a nutrient depends on the amount that is, needed, recognized, absorbed and utilized. Bioavailability is important since all nutrients must be made available for the body to utilize for growth, maintenance, reproduction, repair, and all performance factors.

No matter what the dosing amounts of the product, the absorbability of the ingredients is what is of importance.

A mineral chelate is the result of a natural means for the body to make minerals ‘recognizable’; a.k.a. absorbable, for the body to transport them across the intestinal wall. This occurs when the mineral bonds and is surrounded by the amino acids in a stable form.

Our body recognizes and absorbs dipeptide-like structures efficiently and effectively, more so than single amino acids. This mechanism of action crossing the intestinal wall for efficient absorption is also known as active transport.

Dipeptides are found to absorb at a higher rate than single amino acids, which is why bonding the minerals to amino acids in a dipeptide like structure efficiently ‘smuggles’ the mineral across the intestinal wall. The stability of the bond is derived via a patented process, mimicking the natural process of the body, which was developed by Albion Minerals and refined over the years.

It started out as proteinate structure and as more benchwork was conducted the outcome was obtaining a smaller molecular structure to meet the Dalton “size of less than 800″ which is favorable for crossing the intestinal wall. The numerous clinical studies on the variety of minerals which can be ‘chelated’ or ‘bonded’ to amino acids provides the bioavailability of this mineral form. The other key characteristic aside from size is the stability of the bond. 

This bond stability assures maximum presence of intact mineral chelate at the intestinal wall for elevated absorption. The body does the conversion naturally with inorganic minerals, however the amounts of absorbed minerals is dependent on, amino acids present, anti absorbing properties like oxalates and phytates, proper pH, integrity of intestines, or what you might refer to as a perfect storm inside the body.

Since all inorganic minerals are electrically charged, these charged minerals  have tendencies to block absorption one another rendering them un absorbable. They also grab onto foods which prohibit absorption and are reactive with other components such as vitamins and or pharmaceuticals.

These mineral sizes are also know as ‘nano’ in size which also aids in the absorbability of the mineral.

For all the above reasons; from efficacy to structural, are reasons to look for the Albion Gold Medallion logo on products marketing mineral chelates. They have the research to validate the physiological benefits and the intricacies behind the patented process are just that, very intricate. MOXiLIFE has visited the plant and have seen the reactors and the sophistication of reenacting what the body does to make minerals better absorbed.

We know you are getting the highest quality Magnesium mineral, with solid clinical science to increase intercellular levels as quickly as possible.


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