Max: Sure. Well number one, mineral amino acid chelate is a specialty form of mineral that's really a mineral delivery system. And I got this little prop here. Now, to form the typical Albion chelate, you have two amino acids. We use glycine. If you picture this as a glycine and this as a glycine, to form a chelate they have to come and wrap around the mineral, whether it's iron or magnesium or calcium, in this fashion. And there is special bonding between the glycine. It's bonded at the amino end and at the acid end. And they form very specific forms of bonds. The important one is called a covalent bond, a coordinate covalent bond. And rather than go into the detail of what that means, what it does is it gives the chelate a better stability constant. It keeps it from falling apart as easily as like therasulfate, a non-chelate form would. And actually the stability constant and keeping this togetherness weight results in giving the chelate its advantages over the non-chelate forms. Basically, a chelate would look like this and stay like this because of the stability constant. And also it's important the size of the molecule. The smaller you can make it, the better absorption results typically will be. And that's why glycine is so good, because it is the smallest amino acid.
Chelated vitamins and minerals are often thought to have advantages over non-chelated forms. Max Motyka discusses how minerals are chelated and what materials are used to form the chelate. He also discusses some of the more popular products that feature chelated materials.
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