What are Chelated Minerals?

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

Have you heard of chelated minerals? You’re probably wondering how they’re different from regular old minerals – well, here’s a crash course to get you acquainted:

Why do you need minerals?

First things first, why should you take a mineral supplement? Dietary minerals are naturally occurring inorganic substances found in soil that subsequently make their way into food – your body does not synthesize them on its own. There are two types of minerals in food – macrominerals (such as calcium, magnesium and potassium) and trace minerals (including copper, iron and zinc). Your body needs both types, though macrominerals are required in larger quantities. Although they are available in fruits, veggies, grains, meats and fortified foods, chances are you’re not getting the recommended daily value for every mineral nutrient.

What does “chelated” mean?

Chelation (pronounced kee-lay-shun) occurs when minerals are bound to other molecules (typically amino acids) to form an easily absorbable mineral complex. This binding process does happen naturally within your body during digestion, but it can be inefficient. Chelated mineral supplements are developed using a formula that mimics your body’s natural chelation process to produce readily absorbable organic chelated minerals in convenient capsule or tablet form.

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