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An increasing number of people are constantly seeking healthier lifestyles and balanced diets replete with vitamins and minerals; a significant portion of such people seriously consider using dietary supplements. Pharmacies and specialty stores carry complexes of macro- and microelements in various forms and combinations, including chelated. It is suggested that chelated minerals are used to support normal growth, stabilize bipolar disorder, build stronger muscles and bones, and improve the function of the immune system and overall health. Chelated minerals are at times marketed as dietary supplements superior to other mineral supplements; it is believed that chelated minerals are used more readily by the body (more bioavailable) than non-chelated minerals. The global chelated minerals market is expected to be driven by rising health-consciousness among consumers, and applications in animal feed and plant nutrition. North America, Europe and Asia are expected to be key markets.
The term chelate is drawn from the Greek word “chele”, which means claw-like, and defines the structure of a particular mineral form wherein a mineral molecule is held at more than one point of linking and a ring structure is created. In their ordinary form, minerals are inorganic elements that may be difficult for the body to absorb. Chelated mineral producing companies manufacture chelates that can easily be absorbed through the intestinal wall. It has been suggested that appropriate intake of certain nutritive minerals is required to maintain optimal human health, and that chelation can improve the bioavailability of these minerals to the body.
Organic mineral amino acid chelates are reported to be more readily absorbed into the human body and to trigger less gastric upsets than inorganic minerals. A partial reason for such higher tolerance and bioavailability is the whole absorption of chelated minerals and their subsequent breaking down in the intestinal cell for transport.
In this day and age, advancements in technology have enabled better animal quality, higher productivity, improved profits and speedy growth; modern genetic animal breeds are an example. However, better productivity warrants superior nutrition. Minerals are needed by productive animals for higher milk production, growth and reproduction. Adding organic trace minerals to the feed is one way of providing important nutrients to animals. Chelated minerals have proved to be very useful in trace mineral supplementation to animals. The amino acid in the chelate significantly enhances bio-availability of the mineral in the gut owing to its stability across pH levels. Further, the compound by itself is very stable which makes it very useful.
Leading companies are engaged in the development of effective chelated mineral products. For example, in 2020, Balchem Corporation introduced the new KeyShure Plus line of chelated minerals. KeyShure Plus utilized the company’s proprietary chelation technology combined with novel formulation techniques to deliver a line of minerals high in metal content and enhanced handling characteristics. KeyShure Plus product line included Zinc, Copper, Iron, Manganese and Magnesium. Such solutions are expected to drive the global chelated minerals market.
In 2022, Innophos announced the release of its latest whitepaper that built upon the foundational work of their previous papers. The new whitepaper presented data from in vitro digestion studies that showed the absorption advantage of Chelamax® zinc bisglycinate. It was reported that Chelamax® zinc bisglycinate tablets were 10 times more bioaccessible in the stomach and five times more bioaccessible in intestinal conditions than zinc oxide. Chelamax® zinc bisglycinate showed an absorption rate 10 times greater than zinc oxide. Further, an in vitro digestion model suggested superior bioavailability of Chelamax® zinc bisglycinate over zinc oxide.
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