Bioavailability- The Mineral Chelate Difference
The importance of bioavailability is obvious. If consuming a magnesium
supplement has little effect on improving the body’s magnesium 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. These mineral forms slow and
limit absorption, relying on adequate stomach acid to release magnesium
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). Reacted Magnesium provides the
additional benefit of highly-absorbed, Albion® mineral chelates. Albion®
is the world leader in manufacturing highly bioavailable mineral
chelates, a specialized form of minerals bound to amino acids. This
patented process creates organic mineral compounds which use active
absorption mechanisms in the gastrointestinal tract to greatly enhance
mineral absorption. In a magnesium comparison study reported by Graff et
al. at Weber State University, Albion®’s magnesium amino acid chelate had:
8.8 times greater absorption than magnesium oxide
5.6 times greater absorption than magnesium sulfate
2.3 times greater absorption than magnesium carbonate
In addition, other comparison studies have shown significantly superior
absorption of magnesium chelates compared to other mineral forms:
At a dose of 400 mg, magnesium chelate significantly reduced or eliminated menstrual abdominal discomfort.
Multiple double blind studies found urinary excretion of magnesium
chloride higher than magnesium glycinate, proving superior absorption.
Magnesium glycinate is shown to have a reduced laxative effect when compared to other forms of magnesium.
Mineral chelates are gentle, gut “friendly” minerals that do not cause
diarrhea that often accompanies magnesium oxide and other rock-salt
forms. Albion®’s mineral chelates have extensive clinical
research proving their superior bioavailability, biologic activity,
stability, and improved tolerance.