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Chelated Minerals Not Better

Drug stores and supermarkets sell chelated calcium and iron pills that are advertised to be absorbed better than cheaper non-chelated minerals. You can get all the minerals that you need from a varied diet, but if you want to take extra minerals, chelated minerals offer no advantage over non-chelated ones. Once a non-chelated mineral is in your intestines, it chelates or binds to parts of food.

In your intestines, minerals are bound to components of almost everything that you eat, such as organic acids like citric acid in fruits, sugars like those found in milk, and amino acids like these found in any protein source that you eat. Mineral absorption depends on what is in your stomach and intestines when you eat the mineral. For example, fat increases and fiber decreases mineral absorption. Vitamin C will significantly increase the absorption of iron from plant foods. One mineral can affect the absorption of another. Taking calcium with iron together reduces absorption of both minerals. Taking large amounts of zinc markedly inhibits copper absorption. Chelation or lack of chelation is insignificant compared to the variable conditions in your digestive system.

Checked 2/2/18

June 1st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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