Mineral Balance is the first Pharmaceutical Grade Multi-Mineral Formula that contains exclusively Albion’s patented fully reacted minerals. In most multi-mineral formulas, absorption will be limited due to competition between Zinc and Copper and Calcium and Magnesium, etc. Due to the bis-amino acid configuration protecting Albion®’s patented minerals, these minerals are absorbed as food without concern for absorption site competition. The advanced mineral delivery system, coupled with the improved absorption from vegetable capsules, positions Mineral Balance as a truly proprietary and professional mineral formula.
Minerals are solid, crystalline substances, not of animal or vegetable nature. They cannot be synthesized by the body. Imbalances or deficiencies in minerals can affect the production of energy, the synthesis of blood, bones, and hormones, immune system and enzyme function, and reproduction. Balance, or the ratio of one mineral to another, is key to mineral utilization.
The bioavailability of mineral supplements is perhaps the most important consideration in selecting a formula. The body transports minerals across the intestinal walls by chelating or bonding them into amino acids. For greater bioavailability special processing is needed to create a stable bond between the mineral and amino acids. Albion Laboratories® uses patented processes to assure the bond stability. The superiority of the bioavailability of Albion®’s chelates has been demonstrated numerous times over many years, by employing more than a half-dozen testing procedures. Some other products on the market purported to be chelates are merely complexed mixtures of proteins and minerals that lose stability during digestion and consequently have lower bioavailability.
Many of the minerals in Mineral Balance are bound to di-peptides. This combination appears to further enhance absorption by means of active transport across the intestinal wall. Three very important features of the chelated minerals in Mineral Balance are 1) absence of an electrical charge so that they are less likely to interact with other dietary substances such as phytates, other vitamins and minerals, or medications; 2) small molecular weights that facilitate transport across the intestinal mucosa; 3) the chelates remain intact and stable throughout the ranges of pH in the digestive tract.
The minerals in Mineral Balance differ from those in many formulas in that they are bound to the ligand, glycine. Unlike the ligand picolinic acid that gets excreted unchanged in the urine, the amino acid glycine has nutritional value in and of itself. This means that 100% of the compound has nutrient value.
Mineral Balance also stands apart from most other mineral formulas on the market because of its content of malic acid, lithium, and vanadium. Malic acid participates in the energy production cycle. A double-blind, placebo controlled, cross-over study using 400 mgs of malic acid three times a day (approximately the same amount as in Mineral Balance) along with magnesium resulted in significant reductions in three measurements of pain and tenderness in subjects with primary fibromyalgia. Studies in Sweden demonstrated reduced content of high energy phosphate bonds in the muscles of individuals with fibromyaglia and theorized this to be one cause of the pain associated with the condition. As a result of malic acid’s role in energy production, NADH (which yields 3 ATPs) is formed and may potentially reverse this status in the muscles of these patients. Malic acid is also thought to increase energy levels in healthy humans.
Lithium and vanadium are known as ultra-trace elements. As yet, neither a human requirement for ultra-trace elements, nor deficiency symptoms have been demonstrated in humans. The insulin-like properties of vanadium have been demonstrated. Lithium regulates the neurotransmitter glutamate, acting to keep the amount between brain cells at a stable healthy level. Doses somewhat higher than those in this formula are used by some practitioners to treat bipolar disorders and autism. These ultra-trace minerals, as well as some of the others, could have very narrow margins between useful and toxic doses. However, Albion® amino acid chelates have been shown to have lower toxicity than any other form of inorganic mineral supplements.
Significant excretion of maganese, molybdenum, zinc, and lithium was seen in a preliminary clinical trial with Lifestyle Research’s Chelation Support™ an excellent companion interim formula. Individuals with diabetes also are likely to benefit from a multi-mineral supplement such as Mineral Balance due to polyuria, hyperexcretion, poor absorption, oxidative stress, poor intake, and various links to individual minerals such as magnesium, zinc, manganese, and chromium and insulin resistance. Data shows that the more an individual needs a particular mineral(s), the higher the relative absorption advantage is for the Albion® mineral amino acid chelate form.
Take 2 capsules twice daily or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.