Most minerals found in their natural form and those found in water are primarily inorganic in form. Therefore, unless they are chelated, they cannot be absorbed by living cells. Unless they are converted through chelation, they will contribute to various ailments and diseases related to the colon, such as kidney stones, gall stones, and plaque buildup in the colon and arteries or in the joints of the body. Our bodies consist of compounds and elements derived from molecules consisting of atoms. Elements are constructed from molecules which are the building materials for compounds and consist of two or more elements such as water, H2O. Water consists of 2 molecules of hydrogen (H) and 1 molecule of oxygen (O). Another example of compounds would be vitamins. In order to understand how living organisms use nutritional minerals, you must first understand the relationship between elements and compounds, what they are, and how they function.
The minerals that are essential and critical for life are sometimes referred to as “major minerals” or “macro minerals” and are usually listed or presented alphabetically. Minerals make up about 4% of the body’s weight. Most of our body’s weight is made up of water along with organic compounds consisting of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and other “combustible” elements. There are two main functions of minerals:
Macro minerals are what our bodies need the most. These are considered to be:
Additional trace minerals:
The required intake for various trace minerals is somewhat lower than for macro minerals.
Functions of Minerals:
– Calcium – strong, healthy teeth & skeleton;
– Phosphorus – utilized by teeth and bones;
– Sodium – controls balance in cellular fluid;
– Potassium – for the health of the heart;
– Iron – controls anemia and healthy red blood cells;
– Zinc – digestion, liver, and bones;
– Fluorine – teeth strength and tooth decay prevention;
– Copper – helps produce red blood cells; &
– Iodine – thyroid
Are minerals found in their raw form in the earth and in water, which means, non- biological. Organic compounds are of biological nature and origin. This is an important issue regarding the differentiation between organic and inorganic, to more easily understand the organic compound referred to as a chelate. One reason that the human body cannot assimilate most of the inorganic minerals dissolved in water is that a living organism cannot utilize inorganic minerals directly. Inorganic minerals are basically dirt and are the cause of many disorders and diseases. Before a living organism can absorb an inorganic mineral, it needs to convert it to an organic or biologically structured compound. This transformation occurs in the digestive tract where the inorganic mineral is chemically bonded to an organic molecule. This bonding process is referred to as chelation, and the final product is called a chelate. In Latin, chelate means “bond.” Now the body can recognize the mineral chelate as an organic compound which can be successfully absorbed by the cells.
Absorption of Minerals:
There are several things which can reduce the ease with which inorganic minerals are absorbed and utilized by cells. In most cases, there’s insufficient organic matter for bonding with the mineral prior to passing unabsorbed through the organism. Secondly, the mineral may not be assimilated due to the health of the organism. Scientists have discovered how to create mineral chelates by bonding inorganic minerals found in nature to organic or amino acid. It is converted to a bonded, “reacted” organic ligand (a completed mineral chelate) enabling it to be efficiently and successfully absorbed by the digesting organism. (By Douglas Hoover)