Chelated elements, bound to an organic molecule, are absorbed more easily by their target organ and are thus more effective.Chelated zinc for instance is more easily attached in the hair than free zinc, stimulating hair growth. Improving the nutritional quality of the food using chelates helps better cover the animal’s requirements with respect to each trace element.
A chelated trace element is made up of a metallic ion and three amino acids.
The use of this form of trace element simply improves the digestion and especially absorption, which is typically lower than 30% (70% of the mineral is found in excrement). When the trace elements are chelated, the absorption rate can exceed 60%.
Purified amino acids from natural sources are used to chelate minerals including iron, copper, zinc, manganese,iodine and selenium.