Minerals can be an important part of health. Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Chromium, and Selenium to name just a few are considered by many to be the more important minerals. There are actually dozens of trace element minerals that are important to everyday nutrition. Our mineral formulations of Boro Cal + D, Magnesium Forte, and Boro Cal-Mag are all produced as amino acid chelates utilizing the amino acid L-Aspartic Acid. Why L-Aspartic Acid? L-Aspartic Acid is an amino acid that is extremely efficiently absorbed. Human cells put a high priority on proteins, or more specifically, amino acids which are known as the building blocks of protein. Many confuse the two, but the difference is easily explained. Proteins are comprised of amino acids. When a food high in protein (such as a steak for example) is consumed, it goes through the digestive process where it is broken down into amino acids. It is actually the amino acids cells are looking for, not crude protein. So when you hear someone refer to how your body needs protein, they really mean that it needs amino acids, the compounds that protein is broken down into. There are 2 basic types of amino acids- essential and non-essential. Just because they are referred to as non-essential doesn’t mean that they aren’t needed. There is a certain level of non-essential amino acids that are produced by the body, while essential amino acids must be ingested for the body to get them. Both are extremely important to health.
L-Aspartic Acid is a much sought after amino acid by cells. By attaching an important amino acid that is in high demand by human cells to a mineral, you greatly enhance that minerals ability to be absorbed by cells in the body. If a cell is seeking an amino acid (protein) which we know cells do, a mineral attached to that amino acid will be carried into the cell along with the amino acid. This is how a chelated mineral works. The mineral is attached to a nutritive compound that cells are seeking to ingest. It has long been proven that you get far better absorption of any compound by complexing the molecule. When compounds that cells are seeking are introduced into the body, cells consume them through active transport which is when the cell actively seeks out and consumes a nutrient. Passive transport is when a compound simply passes through the membrane of a cell. Some physicians are still recommending calcium carbonate as a good source of calcium displaying their general ignorance of chemistry. Calcium Carbonate is most commonly used in antacids, and by far is the very worst type of calcium for bone health. Carbonic acid is not needed by the human body which makes the use of calcium carbonate for bone health deficient. And since research has proven that you need an acid medium to properly digest and assimilate calcium, it makes the use of antacids as a calcium source down right absurd. One could consider themselves fortunate if they absorbed 10% of the Calcium that is presented in a carbonate form. Calcium in Aspartate form have been estimated to have a nearly 90% assimilations rate. The very best types of calcium are amino acid chelates. Human cells put a high priority on protein. By attaching a calcium molecule to a protein, cells searching for protein will take in the protein that is attached to the calcium and the calcium goes along with the protein when it is ingested through active transport into the cell.
Certain cells put a priority on specific amino acids and although L-Aspartic Acid is sought out by all cells seeking amino acids, bone cells put a high priority on L-Aspartic Acid. All minerals in Aspartate form will be many times better absorbed than most other minerals in other forms, and there are other amino acid chelates that are very well absorbed. However Calcium Aspartate is especially beneficial to bone tissue that needs Calcium because of the active transport of the amino acid L-Aspartic Acid into skeletal tissue dragging the mineral Calcium along with it when it is consumed by the cell.
Boro Cal Plus D contains: 750 mg of Calcium Aspartate yielding 150 mg of elemental Calcium and 600 mg of L-Aspartic Acid. The Boro Cal Plus D also contains 75 mg of Vitamin D-3 and 1.5 mg of the trace element Boron to aid assimilation. Another powerful supplement for bone health is our Osteo-Forte which can be found in our Gland and Organ Support section. Additional Calcium Aspartate would be a good synergistic supplement for Osteo Forte. Osteo Forte is one of the best if not the best osteo (bone) health product available because of the multiple synergistic factors utilized in the formulation.
Our Magnesium Aspartate contains 700 mg of Magnesium Aspartate yielding 108 mg of elemental Magnesium and 592 mg of L-Aspartic Acid.
Our Boro Cal-Mag contains 560 mg of L-Aspartic Acid, 70 mg of elemental Calcium, 70 mg of Magnesium, 75 IU of Vitamin D-3, and 1.5 mg of Boron to aid in the assimilation of Calcium.
Our Chromium Forte contains 300 mcg of Chromium from two sources; GTF (Chromium Glucose Tolerance Factor) Chromium (150 mcg) and Chromium Polynicotinate (150 mcg). There has been much written on the application of Chromium in addressing blood glucose levels, promote weight loss, enhance insulin sensitivity, and other such actions. Chromium Polynicotinate is niacin bound chromium with many of the same actions as GTF Chromium. It is considered the active component of true GTF Chromium and may have different actions than GTF Chromium. Therefore, we combined these two forms to bring the best Chromium supplement to the market.
Plenty has been written about the benefits of selenium especially when it comes to female breast health. Our Selenium Chelate contains 100 mcg of Selenium delivered in an amino Acid Chelate form for maximum absorption.
Our Zinc delivers 50 mg of elemental Zinc in the form of Zinc Picolinate