What is chelated trace mineral?

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Most pet foods contain chelated minerals to provide maximum nutrient availability. By chelating, or joining minerals to an amino acid and other organic substances, they become more readily absorbed and available to the cells of the body.

Amino acids are building blocks of proteins and cats need protein from animal sources, because the amino acids from vegetable sources are not well utilized. Complete proteins are meat, fish, eggs, and poultry. Incomplete proteins do not provide all essential amino acids and these include vegetables and other plant foods, legumes and grains. and are found in many foods including legumes, grains, and vegetables.

Minerals include calcium, chloride, chromium, cobalt, copper, fluorine, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and zinc. There are other mineral elements required by cats at trace concentrations. Minerals, like vitamins, work synergistically. They have a cooperative action between them.

People and animals must have trace amounts of certain minerals in the diet and many take supplements if there is concern that diet, alone, won’t suffice. Minerals are required for the proper growth and maintenance of the body.

While there is no evidence to support the claim that chelated minerals can be used by the body better than non-chelated minerals, some insist the chelated mineral just absorbs better.

Pet experts also do know that cats that lack the proper amount of minerals (and vitamins) are more likely to contract diseases and generally have shorter life spans. Cats need minerals to process and absorb the nutrients and vitamins they receive. This nutrient helps strengthen the immune system of cats, allowing them to live longer and fuller lives.

Some commercial cat foods—dry and canned — do not provide the necessary amounts of vitamins and minerals required for proper nutrition. Supplementing a cat’s diet with daily vitamins and minerals is often beneficial, and can help prevent the onset of feline disorders.

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