Bluebonnet Nutrition Iron-Free Chelated Multiminerals - 60 Caplets
Bluebonnet’s Albion Chelated Multimineral Caplets are a high potency; fully reacted amino acid chelate multimineral supplement formulated with advanced chelating agents, including: malates, citrates and glycinates. Bluebonnet Nutrition Iron-Free Chelated Multiminerals are available in easy-to-swallow caplets for maximum assimilation and absorption.
Dietary minerals serve a life sustaining function by helping the body to operate properly and remain strong. Minerals build skeletal and soft tissues, as well as regulate processes, such as heartbeat, normal blood clotting, internal fluid pressure, nerve reactions, impulse transmissions, muscle contractions, oxygen transport, acid-base balance to keep the body pH neutral, and enzyme and hormone systems.
In addition, dietary minerals make up 60-80% of all the inorganic (non-carbon containing) material in the body, and they fall into two categories: macrominerals and microminerals. There are seven macrominerals, also known as major or bulk minerals: calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulfur. They are present in virtually every cell in the body and at least 100 mg of each are needed daily just for normal functioning and well-being. Microminerals, commonly called trace minerals, are required in smaller quantities Ð typically less than 100 mg per day. Still, some are considered “essential” for good nutrition. Essential microminerals include chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc.
Unfortunately, dietary minerals have low bioavailability, which means in their natural state, they are not readily available for use in the body. This is because minerals are too big and bulky with high molecular weights, so they are unable to cross the intestinal membrane intact. To enable dietary minerals to pass through the intestinal wall where they can be absorbed into the blood stream, they are usually attached to a “carriers.” This is why minerals are found in various forms like magnesium aspartate and calcium citrate.
Mineral chelates (pronounced KEY-lates) are minerals bound to special “carriers” like amino acids and are particularly effective in propelling nutrients into the blood stream. Few nutritional substances cross the intestinal wall as quickly and easily as amino acids; thanks to their unique active transport mechanism of absorption. By linking the two, the amino acid is able to transport the mineral across the intestinal lining into the body, so it can be put to use. However, to be transported intact, the mineral must have a stable bond to the amino acid. Simply mixing minerals with amino acids – a basic ionic and hydrogen bond – will not produce a stable product. Mineral “chelates” created in this manner often lose their integrity during digestion and compromise the nutrient’s availability.
Albion Laboratories has developed a process that produces a stable, nutritionally functional mineral chelate that provides reliable and effective mineral nutrition. Albion’s patented technology replicates the body’s natural chelation process, essentially turning inorganic minerals into small, highly bioavailable organic molecules (non-ionized). This process ensures that the mineral will remain stable throughout digestion and ultimately result in maximum absorption.
Calcium (macromineral) is the most abundant mineral in the body found primarily in the teeth and bones, supporting their maintenance and growth by making them dense and strong. A small amount of calcium is present in blood plasma (1%) and other body fluids, where it influences muscle contraction, nutrient passage through cells, nerve transmission and blood clotting. Dietary sources high in calcium include milk, cheese, fortified cereals and green leafy vegetables.
Iodine (micromineral) is vital for proper physical and mental development. Iodine helps produce hormones in the thyroid gland, which regulates the conversion of fat to energy, stabilizes body weight and regulates metabolic reactions involved in oxidation. These hormones are also needed to help form bones and keep skin, nails, hair and teeth in prime condition. Dietary sources high in iodine include table salt, milk, fish and eggs.
Magnesium (macromineral) helps maintain muscles, nerves, bones, and teeth and is essential for carbohydrate and protein metabolism, cell reproduction, and smooth muscle action, including heart muscle tone. Magnesium is required for cellular metabolism and energy production. It also facilitates absorption of calcium and potassium and the processing of vitamin D. Dietary sources high in magnesium include milk, cheese, green leafy vegetables, yogurt, grains, apples, bananas and wheat bran.
Zinc (micromineral) is vital to a multitude of biological functions, including immune resistance, digestion, reproduction, physical growth, blood sugar/insulin control, taste and smell. In fact, zinc supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence. Immune cells, pancreas, salivary glands and the prostate gland secrete zinc. Dietary sources high in zinc include meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, brewer's yeast, dairy products, beans and lentils, yeast, nuts, seeds (especially pumpkin seeds) and whole grain cereals.
Selenium (micromineral) is a constituent of glutathione peroxidase, an antioxidant enzyme that helps neutralize the effects of free radicals, heavy metals and other toxins within body tissue. Selenium supports the immune system, promotes energy production, and plays a role in tissue elasticity and pancreatic functions. In addition, selenium helps support the health of menopausal women, as well as the reproductive health of men by assisting in the production of healthy semen. Dietary sources high in selenium include whole grains, bread and fish.
Manganese (micromineral) helps produce the enzymes that metabolize protein and fat, as well as being utilized in the manufacture of sex hormones and breast milk in females. Additionally, it has been shown to help neutralize free radicals, stimulate growth of connective tissue, and support normal nerve and brain function. Manganese is also necessary for normal skeletal development and pituitary gland activity and enables the body to utilize vitamins C, thiamin, biotin and choline. Dietary sources high in manganese include whole grains, eggs, blueberries and beet tops.
Chromium (micromineral) is an essential nutrient required for normal sugar and fat metabolism. It works primarily by augmenting the action of insulin and by stimulating fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis, which are important for brain function and other body processes. Plus, it activates enzymes that drive numerous essential chemical reactions, as well as assisting in nucleic acid metabolism, growth and immune function. Dietary sources high in chromium include eggs, beef, whole grains, cereals, spices, mushrooms, coffee, tea, broccoli, brewer’s yeast and molasses.
Copper (micromineral) aids iron absorption by playing an important role in the formation of red blood cells, specifically hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells. It helps produce elastin and collagen that enable wounds to heal and helps convert amino acids into pigments (melanin), adding color to hair and skin. Dietary sources high in copper include breads, grains, broccoli, eggs, oysters and liver.
Molybdenum (micromineral) is needed for normal cell function and nitrogen metabolism. It is part of xanthine oxidase and aldehyde oxidase, which are both involved in the body's production of genetic material and proteins. In addition, molybdenum helps break down sulfite toxin build-ups in the body, leading many to believe that this trace mineral has antioxidant properties. Dietary sources high in molybdenum include milk, lima beans, spinach, liver, grain, peas and other dark green leafy vegetables.
Boron (micromineral) aids in the body's ability to use calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. It also assists in normal brain function and recognition. Dietary sources high in boron include green leafy vegetables, bananas, peaches and apples.
Potassium (macromineral) is found in both intra- and extracellular fluid and plays a major role in fluid and electrolyte balance, as well as heart muscle activity. It is also necessary for carbohydrate metabolism and protein synthesis. Together with sodium, potassium is required for growth, building muscles, and transmission of nerve impulses. Dietary sources high in potassium include bananas, vegetables (especially legumes), whole grains, citrus fruit, apple cider vinegar, molasses, fish and unprocessed meats.
Nutrition to the Fifth Power
Bluebonnet Nutrition was founded in 1991 on the basic principle that they offer the cleanest, purest, most natural nutritional supplements offered exclusively through independent natural food retailers. Today, Bluebonnet Nutrition is proud to say that they still honor this commitment and that their devotion is true and loyal. The landscape of nutrition is changing rapidly. However, Bluebonnet Nutrition is not simply changing with it. Bluebonnet Nutrition leading the way. Since the launch of Bluebonnet Nutrition's company in the heart of Sugar Land, Texas, they have carefully sowed the seeds of success by Bluebonnet Nitrition's unwavering pledge to the five powers of Bluebonnet Nutrition: Nature, Science, Quality, Truth and Knowledge - one power for every petal of the Texas state flower from which they take their name.
The Best the Earth Can Offer
Bluebonnet Nutrition's first commitment has always been to nature. Not only so they can identify nutrients that are good, pure and wholesome, but also so they can harness nature's power and benefit from its strength. Bluebonnet Nutrition searched the world for locations where climate, temperature and soil converge to grow the finest raw materials. Conducting frequent on-site inspections, Bluebonnet Nutrition's ingredient selections are never based on price, but instead on one simple criterion: Is it the best the Earth has to offer? To preserve nature's freshness, Bluebonnet Nutrition purchases raw materials in small quantities. If a nutrient does not meet Bluebonnet Nutrition's stringent quality standards, it cannot be used in Bluebonnet supplements.
Everything Purple Starts Off Green
Bluebonnet’s dedication to nature does not end with ingredient selection. Bluebonnet Nutrition's is an enterprise-wide effort that encompasses environmentally sound manufacturing practices and operations and green initiatives that support the philosophy of a whole new generation of health-conscious, “green” consumers who believe in reducing our dependency on fossil fuel, sustainability and social responsibility, which involves giving back to our communities, country and world-at-large, Specifically, Bluebonnet Nutrition has implemented conservational practices from instituting a corporate-wide recycling program, to using recyclable paper and corrugated packaging and shippers whenever possible, as well as biodegradable packing materials that dissolve in landfills, to printing their marketing materials with soy-based inks. Plus, Bluebonnet supports efforts and teachings on ecological preservation, which is why Bluebonnet Nutrition contributes to two non-profit organizations, United Plant Savers and American Botanical Council, devoted to sustainability and education. In addition, not only does Bluebonnet Nutrition manufacture in their own environmentally-friendly, state-of-the-art facility, but they use alternative energy sources (e.g., wind and solar) whenever possible to help reduce their carbon footprint. And most importantly, in the spirit of giving back, Bluebonnet embraces its civic responsibilities by contributing to the Houston Buyers Club, whose core mission is to improve the quality of life for people with health-related conditions through nutritional education and affordable nutritional supplements.
Innovation is Only Natural
With over 100 years of collective industry experience in nutritional science, Bluebonnet Nutrition's product development team is not only ensuring that Bluebonnet supplements are safe and efficacious, they're also committed to developing cleaner, more effective formulas. In fact, Bluebonnet has been the first to launch some of the industry's most innovative ingredients, such as ubiquinol, licorice flavonoid oil (Glavonoid™), grape seed extract, vegetarian SOD (GliSODin™) and nucleotides. And in a highly competitive, uninspired protein beverage market, they have included the latter two revolutionary ingredients in the most unique protein formulas to hit the market in years: Super Earth™ Phytonutrient Soy Protein Powder and Multi-Action Whey of Life™ Protein Powder.
Setting New Standards
Quality may be the most overused word in the world today. Nonetheless, for nutritional supplements, what could be more important? That is why Bluebonnet Nutrition built their own 100,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art kosher manufacturing and distribution facility with earth-friendly, pharmaceutical-grade systems that are setting new standards for quality assurance. Plus, they have also invested in the arduous process of kosher certifying Bluebonnet Nutrition's products. Since keeping kosher has become synonymous with eating foods that have been manufactured at a higher standard, Bluebonnet products bearing the KOF-K emblem have been carefully supervised with each ingredient tracked to its origin and strict rules imposed on hygienic processes. In addition to applying kosher quality standards to their operation, Bluebonnet Nutrition manufacturing process meets the rigorous model established by the U.S. Pharmacopoeia - even though they don't have to. By the time a Bluebonnet supplement appears on a store shelf, it has been subjected to stringent examinations for potency, purity, uniformity, hardness, disintegration and dissolution.
Just the Facts
There are so few absolute truths in the world today - except when it comes to nutritional supplements. Nutrients are either in the supplement or they are not. Bluebonnet Nutrition makes sure they are. Not only does Bluebonnet Nutrition manufacture 90% of their products in-house, they employ a unique practice called "content uniformity" to ensure a consistent nutrient blend from batch to batch. It is part of Bluebonnet's commitment to the natural products industry, as well as their own principles. Before a Bluebonnet supplement arrives at a natural food store, it is analyzed and evaluated by lab technicians. Through HPLC assay tests, Bluebonnet documents with 100% accuracy that what is on the label is in the bottle. Bluebonnet Nutrition even performs accelerated stability tests to ensure that potency levels will be maintained through the expiration date. Bottomline, on Bluebonnet labels, what you read is always what you get.
Meeting Nutritional Needs
Bluebonnet offers a complete line of natural vitamins, minerals, multiples, amino acids, proteins, herbal extracts, and specialty supplements, such as antioxidants, CoQ10/ubiquinol, glucosamine, omega fatty acids, fiber/digestive aids, probiotics and food supplements. All made without unnecessary colors, flavors, fillers, binders or excipients. Choose a "delivery system" that suits your lifestyle: caplets, mini-caplets, softgels, chewables, liquids, powders or Kosher vegetarian capsules. Your loyalty and trust in Bluebonnet Nutrition's nutritional supplements is greatly appreciated by the Bluebonnet family.