You may have heard of “chelated minerals” and how they are the best minerals to take, but what are they? While the word “chelate” may sound scary and complex don’t fear! Chelated minerals are simply inorganic minerals that have been bound to an organic molecule. This is believed to lead to better absorption in the body.
We’ll dive into the technical details below
What Are Chelated Minerals?
Minerals are naturally found in an inorganic state (i.e. they are free of Carbon). When an inorganic mineral is combined with an amino acid molecule, it creates an amino acid chelate. For the purposes of this article, the words “Chelated Mineral” and “Amino Acid Chelate” will be used interchangeably. This process of binding a mineral with an organic molecule is called “chelation” (pronounced ke-lay-shun).
Simply stated, chelated minerals are minerals that contain both organic and inorganic molecules that are bound together. This is crucial for absorption, as you’ll see in the video below
Chelated Mineral Benefits
First off, you should know that minerals are involved in numerous different functions in body. For instance, one mineral, Magnesium, is present in every single cell in your body! Needless to say, it is a vital mineral. You can read more about Magnesium in our in-depth article here.
Why take a chelated mineral supplement? Excellent question!
Amino acid chelates (or chelated minerals) are better utilized by the body because they are better absorbed than inorganic minerals.
Your body absorbs inorganic minerals, the ones found naturally in foods and in cheap mineral supplements, poorly. These inorganic minerals are absorbed poorly because they become bound to other nutrient particles as they move through your digestive system. Once a mineral is bound to other food particles, it is essentially neutralized and is prevented from use by your body. It is then excreted from the body without being used.
In contrast to inorganic minerals, Chelated Minerals are shielded as they travel through your digestion system. This shield, made up of amino acids, allows the minerals to arrive safely in the stomach where they are easily utilized by your body. Simply put, chelated minerals have increased bio-availability.
This process is detailed more thoroughly in the section below.
Chelated Minerals Versus Inorganic Mineral Salt Forms
When non-chelated minerals enter the body they can easily become sequestered by other nutrients and food particles as they go through the body’s digestive tract.
Once an inorganic mineral is sequestered, it is neutralized and becomes unavailable for use by the body.
Chelated minerals are processed differently by the body. They have a ring-like structure of Amino Acids that surround them. These Amino Acids effectively work as a shield to protect the mineral through the digestion process.
Once the chelated mineral reaches the jejunum (a section of the small intestine), the Amino Acid structure is cleaved off and the mineral is free to be absorbed and used by the many different organs and systems within the body.
Are Chelated Minerals Safe?
There are no known negative side effects of Chelated minerals. They are similar to regular minerals, which are needed by your body for normal function. There are also no known interactions at this time.
What Types of Chelated Minerals Are Available?
You can find Chelated Minerals in many different forms. Below is an exhaustive list of the chelated minerals that are available:
Chelated Essential Minerals
There are many different types of chelated minerals that are available. The ones widely available are listed below:
Chelated Trace Minerals
In addition to Essential Minerals, various Chelated Trace Minerals are available. See the list below.
What Amino Acids Are Used For Amino Acid Chelates?
There are various different amino acids that chelated minerals can be bound to, the most common amino acids being:
What To Look For In A Chelated Mineral Supplement
As you can see, Chelated Minerals are a good option for those looking to increase the amount of minerals that their body is able to absorb. You can find Chelated Minerals in high quality multi-mineral, such as our Essentially-U product. Essentially-U is different from other daily multi-nutrients in that it contains the vitamins AND minerals that your body needs for optimal health.
We source our minerals from Albion®, a trusted mineral supplier located in Utah. We use their TRAACS® (The Real Amino Acid Chelate System) verified minerals. These are the gold standard for Amino Acid Mineral Chelates. They are used in the following Utzy Natural products:
•Essentially-U (daily multi-nutrient)
•Utzzz’s: Stay Asleep (targeted natural sleep aid)
•Utzzz’s: Fall Asleep (targeted natural sleep aid)