Numerous studies have reported that adequate mineral levels play an essential role in maintaining optimal health by supporting bone, muscle and cardiovascular health. It is a challenge for most individuals to consume the perfect variety of minerals through their daily diets and maintain mineral balance. Supplementation of a high quality daily multimineral may provide benefit for those wishing to meet their recommended daily requirements of important macrominerals and trace minerals.
Bioavailability – The Mineral Chelate Difference†
The importance of bioavailability is obvious. If consuming a calcium supplement has little effect on improving the body’s calcium balance, there is no reason to ingest it. Signs of inferior mineral supplements include the use of cheap, poorly absorbed, rock-salt minerals like calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide (See Figure 1). These mineral forms slow and limit absorption, relying on adequate stomach acid to release calcium ions which then enter the body via passive diffusion. And, because they tend to remain in the intestines longer, these forms of mineral supplements can cause intestinal distress such as constipation (calcium carbonate) or diarrhea (magnesium oxide).