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The Advantage of Chelated Minerals

Posted Jun 15 2010 9:00am

Dietary MineralsA diet rich in minerals is essential for good health and wellness. If you do not get enough minerals from your diet alone or if you particularly lack any essential mineral, supplementation can provide the required amount to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Customers are often confused about the various different types of mineral supplements available. Chelated minerals are known as “the best” type of minerals, but are they really? And first of all, what are chelated minerals?

Chelated minerals are a special type of supplement which attaches a component, generally an amino acid, to a mineral. This combination does not disassociate in the digestive system consequently improving mineral absorption.

Minerals by themselves are extremely difficult for the body to absorb but when bonded to an amino acid, the body will recognize the amino acid as food and will absorb it, along with the attached mineral, and put them to use.

For some minerals, such as selenium and zinc, a chelated compound is significantly better than other forms. However, for some other minerals, including calcium and magnesium, the difference in absorption isn’t as noticeable.

Chelated minerals are suggested for intake of selenium and zinc. Selenium is a good antioxidant and often recommended to protect the body against cancer, premature aging, and degenerative diseases such as heart disease and arthritis. Zinc is also a strong antioxidant and one of the most frequently used supplements. Zinc supplementation may help in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration, hair loss, and prostate enlargement and is a common ingredient for skin care products for acne.

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