098 – The Truth About Minerals – My Interview with Max Motyka

What you don’t know about minerals may surprise you.

Max MotykaTake a look at the ingredient label on your multivitamin bottle. It likely contains a variety of minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, and Selenium. You probably know that minerals are important to your overall health. But do you realize that minerals are every bit as, if not more, critical to your well-being than vitamins? Your blood, bones, nervous system, cells, tissues, and immune system all rely on minerals to keep your body functioning and thriving. In their natural inorganic form, many minerals are poorly absorbed by our bodies. Because minerals are inorganic elements, our body attempts to convert the mineral to an organic or biological compound, a process known as chelation (key-lay-shen). But this natural chelation process is often disturbed and then the minerals found in your daily supplement could be leaving your body without ever being absorbed and put to use. And because most of us simply can’t consume the recommended daily allowance of minerals and vitamins from the food we eat, we depend on supplements to fill the void. Fortunately, science and patented technology can help by creating an organic molecule in a form the body can assimilate. These special organic forms of mineral elements are known as mineral amino acid chelates. Albion’s pharmaceutical-grade chelates used in food and nutritional supplements provide complete organic mineral nutrition, giving our bodies the ultimate chance to absorb the minerals for our best biological advantage.

What are nutritional minerals?

As simple as it may seem, this question is the first step in examining the role of minerals in nutrition. The dictionary describes minerals as solid, crystalline substances (diamond, copper, quartz, etc.) not of animal or vegetable origin. The key words are “not of animal or vegetable origin” meaning they are inorganic elements. Because minerals intended for nutritional purposes cannot be synthesized by the body, they must be utilized as natural elements – they must be eaten and successfully absorbed.

What are chelated minerals?

“Chelated minerals” is a scientific term referring to a very specific molecular reaction that takes place between a molecule and a nutritional mineral. As our body is not very efficient at producing chelated minerals, we look to these mineral forms in nutritional supplements to assure greater efficiency of absorption. Albion creates these chelated minerals in their laboratories under very carefully controlled conditions. Albion’s most commonly used molecule to create organic chelated nutritional minerals is glycine. Glycine is an amino acid that the body readily identifies and which is efficiently absorbed across the intestinal wall. Albion’s glycine amino acid chelates are actually small enough to be transported right into the cell itself. About Max Motyka Pharmacist Max Motyka has more than 25 years of experience in the field of nutrition. He has spent the last 15 years as the Director of Albion Advanced Nutrition’s’ Human Products Division.

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