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The Vital Importance of Absorption

Minerals are of no value to your body and are unable to perform a single useful function until they are absorbed through your digestive tract into your blood stream. To help you understand why the BodyBio® ‘Ionic Minerals’ are best for your body, we have prepared a comparison of the four most frequently used types of mineral supplements:

  • Ionic
  • Colloidal
  • Chelated
  • Elemental

1. Ionic Minerals (BodyBio® Minerals as used in 'Mineral Test Kit')

Ionic minerals are comprised of atoms (minute particles that are the basic building blocks of all chemical elements and thus all matter) or collections of atoms that retain their electric charge, either positive or negative. This electrical charge exists around the atom because it is either missing an electron (a negatively charged elementary particle that normally resides outside (but is bound to) the nucleus of an atom or has additional electrons within its surrounding area).  The addition or subtraction of electrons gives the atom, or ‘ion’, (an atom or group of atoms that have a positive or negative electric charge due to a gain (negative charge) or loss (positive charge) of one or more electrons. Atoms with a positive charge are known as cations; those with a negative charge are anions) its electrical signature, or charge.

This charge causes the ions to interact, attracting or repelling each other in a search for another ion to contribute or remove additional electrons, in a never-ending process to create a neutral electrical charge, necessary for maintaining the total and optimal concentration of ions in the body.

Ionic Minerals are better absorbed

Characterised by an electrical charge, either positive (+) or negative (-), ionic minerals are much more easily transported across the specialised cells of your gut lining. Your body uses less energy to absorb these ionic minerals than other types, and your body further charges the minerals during the process of digestion. This electrical gradient allows for the easy flow of ionic minerals from a higher concentration in your digestive tract to the lower concentration, in the cells of your body. In this way, the body absorbs ionic minerals more effectively than colloidal (a state of suspension in a liquid medium in which extremely small particles are suspended and dispersed but not dissolved) minerals, as colloidal minerals must undergo complete digestion into smaller particles. Even then, not all colloidal minerals will be used just as not all components of food are used by the body.(1)

Vitamin C enhances the absorption further

Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, improves the acidity in your stomach, and since an acid pH (pH is a symbol for the degree of acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The value for pure distilled water is regarded as neutral, pH values from 0 to 7 indicate acidity, and from 7 to 14 indicate alkalinity) is required for the optimal absorption of ionic minerals, putting a pinch of vitamin C crystals with your liquid minerals helps to improve their absorption all the more.

Some common liquid pH's

  • 3.5: orange juice (slightly acidic) due to Vit C content
  • 5.6: unpolluted rain water (less acidic)
  • 7.0: pure water neutral.
  • 7.34 - 7.45: human blood (slightly alkaline)
  • 11.0: household ammonia (very alkaline)

Importance of Ionic minerals

Minerals are found in their single forms such as a potassium ion and in their ionic form in which they have joined with another atom to make a charged mineral particle, such as potassium chloride. Most minerals are found bound in some form or another, important for their use in your body.  Your body absorbs these ionised BodyBio®, or electrically charged, minerals very efficiently through your intestinal membranes.(2)

In fact, the membranes lining your intestines maintain their own specific electrical charge in the form of ionic receptors that look for the ionic charge found in the BodyBio® minerals.  The body maintains this charge on the lining of membranes in order to facilitate the absorption of food nutrients including minerals.  Different receptor areas maintain different charge qualities, allowing for the attraction of the multitudes of diverse nutrients that pass through the intestinal tract. Because of this charge, ionic minerals are easily taken in to the cells lining the intestinal tract, they are then readily used in many essential and health supporting functions in your body.

2. Colloidal Minerals

Colloidal simply means “in solution”. Colloidal minerals are suspended in stable form, evenly dispersed throughout the medium without settling out. Colloidal minerals are not readily absorbed due to their relatively large size and because they lack the essential electrical charge that facilitates their transport across your gut lining membranes. Another definition of colloidal is a substance that when suspended in a liquid phase, will not easily diffuse through a living membrane(3). Colloidal minerals are unable to pass through the membrane lining your digestive tract without further digestive breakdown. Whilst colloidal minerals may be dispersed when in the body, this does not improve their absorption. The body has to be able to break the minerals down into smaller sizes to absorb them.

There is no scientific evidence to support the claims that colloidal minerals are more balanced when in this form. Some commercial colloidal minerals are derived from clay or humic shale deposits and there optimistic claims about such products for which there is no published medical evidence.(4)

Dr. Royal Lee, responsible for explaining the human’s benefits of consuming whole food vitamins rather than synthetic vitamins, stated:

“A colloidal mineral is one that has been so altered that it will no longer pass through cell walls or other organic membranes.”

Lastly, many colloidal mineral forms contain as many as 40 – 50 different minerals and trace minerals, about which we may know very little, and for which there are no good tests and no evidence of how much would suit your body.

3. Chelated Minerals

These minerals that have been chelated (an organic chemical with two or more functional groups that can bind with metals to form a ring structure). A chelated mineral is one that has been joined up with another chemical, in this case an amino acid. Chelate is from the Greek word for claw, suggested by the open v-shape, with the mineral ion in the centre.

Using the word chelated with respect to mineral supplements refers a very specific type of chelation. The idea is to bind the mineral ion to something that will facilitate absorption of the mineral through the intestine into the bloodstream.

Research has shown that small quantities of amino acids, especially glycine, are effective for chelating minerals.

Only a specific chelate can resist digestion and maintain its integrity as it is absorbed through the gut. Again, all chelates are not created equal. Less efficient chelates, used mainly due to cost, include the following:

Carbonates
Citrates
Oxides
Sulphates
Chlorides
Phosphates

If the label lists one of these chelates, it means the mineral is bound either too strongly or not tightly enough, and will be released at the wrong time and the wrong place. Chelation of minerals in nutrient supplements is a very precise science, the best products will actually yield chelates superior to those occurring naturally in foods.

4. Elemental Minerals

Any supplement containing a mineral in its elemental form is the least beneficial. The mineral does not have an electric charge to it, nor is it chelated (see above) to an amino acid for improved absorption or complexed with an oxide, carbonate, sulphate or citrate.

Elemental minerals are the cheapest to make. A liquid would only have to be poured over some nails to be said to contain iron. Elemental minerals are the most common in supermarket and over the counter health store supplements. They may not be toxic, as long as only the minerals mentioned on the label are included in the supplement. The problem is one of absorption, which is very low, at only 1% to 8%. The rest of the mineral just passes right through you. Not only is this a waste of money, it is also a waste of energy: it has to be processed out of the body. This can actually use up available mineral stores.

BodyBio® Minerals (as used by the Mineral test Kit)

The BodyBio® Minerals are in ionic form, and with the 'Mineral Test Kit' it is now possible for you to take just what you need, when you need it without overdosing. This is simply not possible with a multi vitamin and general mineral formula.

Your aim is to take only the minerals that are tested to be in less than optimal levels. Take the smallest amounts needed so as not to upset the delicate balance of other minerals in your body.

By using the BodyBio single minerals, in which there are no other ingredients ensures your body has the best form, in the most absorbable mix, at the levels you need.

The'Mineral Test Kit' will ensure that you have the best possible optimal mineral status.

  1. Dreosti IE. Recommended dietary intakes of iron, zinc, and other inorganic nutrients and their chemical form and bioavailability. Nutrition 1993 Nov-Dec;9(6):542-5.
  2. Fairweather-Tait SJ, Teucher B. Iron and calcium bioavailability of fortified foods and dietary     supplements. Nutr Rev 2002 Nov;60(11):360-7.
  3. Dorland’s medical illustrated dictionary, 24th edition.
  4. Schauss A. Colloidal minerals: Clinical implications of clay suspension products sold as dietary    supplements. Amer J of Nat Med 1997;4(1):5-10.

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