1.)What are minerals?
They are solid elements derived from nature. Minerals for nutritional purposes cannot be synthesized by the body. They must be utilized as natural elements from nature.
2.)Why are minerals important?
Imbalances or deficiencies in minerals nutrition can affect the following systems:
- Energy Production………Mg, P, Mn
- Hormone System………..Fe,Mn, Zn, Cu, Mg, K
- Vitamin Production………Co
- Blood Production…………Cu, Fe
- Enzyme Systems………….Zn,Cu, K, Mg, Mn,B, P
- Skeletal System…………..Ca, Mg ,Zn, Mn, B, P
- Reproductions …………….P, Cu, K, Mn, Zn, Mg
4)What is a Mineral Chelate & Why is it an Endurance Mineral?
These are the perfect form of minerals because of the:
- molecular design
- the added amino acids
- increased efficiency of absorption and
- reduced energy required to make them absorbable forms.
5.) Why use amino acids?
- Amino acids are easily recognized and absorbed by the body. Dipeptide and single amino acids are the first inline for intestinal uptake after digestion.
- Dipeptides are faster in absorption than single amino acids.
- Minerals bonded/chelated to amino acids in a ‘dipeptide -like’ structures, allows the minerals to be absorbed in this active transport system.
6.) Why is it important to have a stable (covalent) bond?
If the bond is not stable; the structure will loose integrity during digestion and compromise availability through the intestinal walls.
If it falls apart it returns to an ionic form which forces the body to make attempts at restructuring the bond with amino acids found in food sources.
7.) What makes TRAACS chelates so physiologically effective?
They are manufactured to <800 Daltons = nano sized. (fun sized)
In order for the molecule to pass through the intestinal wall it has to be the optimal size; which is measured in Daltons. The intestinal wall is much like a filter, to large it will continue down the waste management pathway.
Your body does not need to expend energy converting inorganic(ionic) minerals such as Oxides and Carbonates into organically recognized forms:
If the mineral is not an organic mineral chelate the inorganic mineral will need to utilize your body's energy to convert the inorganic mineral into a ‘dipeptide-like’ and recognizable form.
As a mineral chelate: the electrons are tied up within the bond between the mineral and amino acid.
The ‘free electrons’ which we find with inorganic, electrically positive or negative, are what causes interactions with other dietary components, rendering the mineral potentially un absorbable.
Electrically charged minerals can interact with compounds in our natural food sources; i.e. Phytates, oxylates, tannins, which reduces absorption considerably.
In addition to grabbing on to other dietary components these have the potential to deactivate and reduce active nutrients:
- Vitamin E
- ascorbic acid
- various B vitamins
- as well as medications