Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “What do you mean when you refer to “chelated” minerals? What are they?”— Chris H., Appleton, WI
A. Dear Chris, In their natural inorganic form, many minerals are difficult for the body to absorb. A “chelated” mineral is one that is chemically bound to an organic molecule (or ligand) that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. Amino acids are excellent molecules to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall. Because they are so small, they can be transported directly into the cells of the body, where they can get to work right away. Magnesium glycinate is an example of a true chelated mineral.
Terry . . . Naturally