Take a look at the ingredient label on your multivitamin bottle. It likely contains a variety of minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, and Selenium. You probably know that minerals are important to your overall health. But do you realize that minerals are every bit as, if not more, critical to your well-being than vitamins? Your blood, bones, nervous system, cells, tissues, and immune system all rely on minerals to keep your body functioning and thriving.
In their natural inorganic form, many minerals are poorly absorbed by our bodies. Because minerals are inorganic elements, our body attempts to convert the mineral to an organic or biological compound, a process known as chelation (key-lay-shen). But this natural chelation process is often disturbed and then the minerals found in your daily supplement could be leaving your body without ever being absorbed and put to use. And because most of us simply can’t consume the recommended daily allowance of minerals and vitamins from the food we eat, we depend on supplements to fill the void.