Minerals, like vitamins, are part of the group of micronutrients, that is to say, they are chemical substances that, ingested in small quantities, are necessary to maintain the body in perfect state of health.
They are essential nutrients, which means that the body cannot synthesize them by itself, so we must provide them through the daily diet.
Importance of minerals
- Iron: Its presence is essential for the transport of oxygen throughout the body.
- Zinc: It works so that the immune system, that is to say, the defenses, work properly.
- Calcium and phosphorus: Keep bones and teeth strong.
- Sodium: Helps maintain the body’s water balance.
- Chlorine: Involved in the digestion of food in the stomach.
- Potassium: Involved in the communication between nerves and muscles.
- Sulfur: Helps in the metabolism of fats.
Sources of minerals
A varied diet based on meat, fish, cereals, fruits and vegetables, provide daily and in a completely natural way, most of what the body of our pets needs.
Minerals supplemented in an inorganic way have as main characteristics:
- They are very difficult to absorb.
- They end up, in most cases, expelled without being absorbed.
- They pollute the environment.
- The origin of the chelated minerals comes from a totally natural and spontaneous process of nature called chelation.
- They are perfectly absorbed by the intestinal villi.
- They pass quickly into the bloodstream.
- They perform their function effectively.
- They are not eliminated by the faeces so they do not pollute our planet.
How to differentiate them in a package
Inorganic minerals are in the form of salts. We can find them described as:
- Zinc: Zinc oxide.
- Iron: Ferrous sulphate heptahydrate.
Chelated minerals have more complex names and are usually accompanied by the words glycine or amino acids. We can find them described as:
- Iron : Iron chelate of amino acids
- Zinc : Zinc chelate of amino acids