How important are minerals? It is a fact that human life could not go on without minerals. Your body depends on a variety of minerals to complete many metabolic processes. So what are some good sources of minerals? Are organic minerals better for you than inorganic minerals? We will attempt to answer these questions and more as we uncover the truth about minerals. First let’s take a look at the difference between organic and inorganic minerals.
Defining organic and inorganic minerals
In nature, a organic mineral is bound or chelated to an organic material (or has at least one carbon atom). 1 2 We’ll explore this concept in more detail later on. In contrast, a inorganic mineral contains just the mineral salt itself and is bound to nothing (no carbon atoms present). 1 2 Therefore, inorganic mineral salts may not be chelated. For example, the sodium in celery is organic sodium because it is chelated, while table salt is not chelated. Perhaps this is why too much table salt may be bad for you.
Sources of organic minerals
Many whole foods (anything that is or was once living) including:
- Nuts and seeds
- Meats and poultry
- Herbs and spices
- Certain vitamin/mineral supplements
Sources of organic minerals
- Non chelated mineral supplements
- Salts and salt substitutes
- Mineral salts
Organic minerals and the argument
Some health experts will argue that organic minerals are the only minerals that are “useable” by the body and that inorganic minerals are not usable and perhaps toxic. Is this really the case or is there more to this issue? Can we really get all of our minerals from whole foods? And why do some experts believe that organic minerals are so much better? We would like to get to the bottom of this issue; to help you make the best decisions regarding your health and wellness.
Organic vs. inorganic minerals: our thoughts
We know by now that organic minerals are naturally chelated or bound to a organic material, making them easily absorbable. 4 But can inorganic minerals be chelated to increase absorption? The answer is yes! Inorganic minerals (an arrangement of molecules) can be chelated (bound) to a molecule called a ligand. 4 This binding process can take place in nature or in a laboratory. To complicate the issue even more: a variety of different ligands may be used. 3
So do chelated minerals absorb better than other minerals? Most experts agree that chelated minerals are more bio-available when compared to inorganic minerals. 3 4 Chelated minerals seem to have a better absorption rate in the intestines and tend to become more bio-available once in the bloodstream. 4 After all, organic minerals from whole foods are naturally chelated right? 4 Yes they are! This makes whole foods a great choice for getting bio-available minerals in your diet.
However, did you know that the soils where our crops are grown are depleted in minerals? 5 These deficiencies continue on up the food chain, affecting animals and humans alike. So what can be done to help prevent and correct mineral deficiencies? Taking a absorbable mineral supplement may become your most valuable health insurance policy.
We offer a mineral supplement that is naturally part of a organic plant mineral complex, delivering maximum absorption and bio-availability. If you need higher amounts of certain minerals that may be lacking in your diet, check out our Chelated Trace RDA’s. This is also a great product, providing maximum absorption and assimilation.
In the end chelated minerals seem to absorb into the body easier and have a better chance of being bio-available. Minerals that are not chelated have a greater chance of building up in bodily tissues and causing toxicity. Whole foods contain naturally chelated minerals that are very bio-available. Taking our plant mineral extract, Legendary Formula, or our Chelated Formula for RDA amounts of essential minerals is probably a good idea in today’s world, due to mineral deficiencies in our soils. We hope this clears up any confusion you might have over which type of minerals are best for your body, and thanks for reading.
- Organic, Inorganic, Metallic & Non-Metallic Minerals Bee Wilder. HealingNaturallybyBee.com.
- Does cooking render minerals “inorganic” or less assimilable? Beyond Vegetarianism.
- Why Chelated Minerals are Not Created Equal – About Ligand Size. Albion.
- Beef: Chelated Minerals – Magic or Myth. Barry Potter Ministry of Agriculture Food & Rural Affairs.
- Modern Miracle Men. Rex Beach. United States Senate Doc. 264