How to select a quality mineral supplement?

When you are picking a mineral supplement how do you know you  are getting what you paid for? For example, suppose you have high blood pressure and suffer from muscle spasms at night and you want to try a mineral supplement  to treat these symptoms.  You have read about how magnesium can help lower high blood pressure and relax muscle spasms.   So you go to your local pharmacy store and pick up some magnesium pills – Magnesium Oxide – 400 mg.  You take it for several weeks and notice that none of your symptoms have  changed.  You assume that magnesium does not work.

The problem here is not all mineral supplements are of the same quality.  Minerals that are listed on the bottle label by themselves as in inorganic minerals such as elemental magnesum or  bonded to salts like chloride as in magnesium chloride, or carbonate as in magnesium carbonates or to oxide as in magnesium oxide are all poorly absorbed.  The reason being is that inorganic minerals can bind to phytates found in whole grains and/or oxalates found in  spinach.  This binding increases the excretion of the mineral. On the other hand, minerals bonded to amino acids are called amino chelates and are the best form of minerals to take. Why? Amino acids are recognized by the body and when they are bonded to minerals, this chelate enhances the mineral absorption greatly.  Albion is the  only company that holds a patent on this  amino acid chelate.  To see which companies use this patented technology, click here.  Visit Albion to learn more about amino acid chelates.

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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