The term chelate (pronounced key-late) is derived from the Greek word chele (“χηλή “) meaning “claw-like”, and describes the structure of a certain mineral form in which a mineral molecule is held at more than one point of attachment and a ring structure is formed.
What is a Fully Reacted Chelate?
A mineral amino acid chelate is “fully reacted” depending on the measurement of bonds between the ligand and the mineral. Albion® minerals are unique in that we verify that our mineral products are fully reacted chelates through Fast-Fourier Transforming Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. This technology identifies the bonds between the ligand (amino acid) and mineral. Balchem® can guarantee each batch of minerals has the molecular structure indicating that chelation has occurred. We are proud to bring you and your consumers the proven clinical benefits of a true chelated mineral.
Balchem creates proven, fully reacted mineral chelates under tightly controlled conditions, specific manufacturing processes, and carefully monitored state-of-the-art facilities.
What Are The Benefits of Chelates?
Appropriate intake levels of certain nutritive minerals have been proven to be required to maintain optimal human health.
Organic mineral amino acid chelates have been scientifically proven to be more easily absorbed into the human body and to cause less gastric upset than inorganic minerals. Part of the reason for this higher tolerance and bioavailability is that chelated minerals are absorbed intact and break apart in the intestinal cell for transport. With the highest quality chelated mineral ingredients on the market, Albion is the world leader in mineral nutrition.