Originally Posted by Debocombo
I have heard for many years now from the supplement industry that these minerals are the only form that works.
I have heard from very reputable sources that this is bunk. Like during the digestion process the mineral is broken away from the ammino acid it is bonded to and is absorbed as the mineral would normally be absorbed or in fact can be removed by the body particularlly when that body is healthy!
Also, that vitamins cannot be chelated!
What is the truth!?
When anyone says vitamins cannot be chelated then that person does not understand what chelated means. And, vitamins are far different from minerals. Metal ions are chelated, such as magnesium. It is not TYPE of chemical bond but rather chemical bond orientation. For instance Magnesium chloride is not chelated chemical bonding but Magnesium Citrate is. Magnesium citrate absorbs better because citrate is a weak base and works will with acidic environment of beginning of digestive tract. This cannot be achieved as well with magnesium chloride. The acidity in stomach will push the equilibrium back from magnesium ions and chloride ions to whole magnesium chloride formula unit.
Chleating vitamins doesn't make sense. What would you be chelating? Vitamins are neutral compounds for the most part that are either by themselves as whole molecules or salts of a free base form. You can have ascorbic acid but the ascorbate ion is only thing that matters; whether the positive charge comes from hydrogen or metal is unimportant.