We all know that living things require minerals for a whole bunch of reasons, among them being life itself. Magnesium alone is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body, from maintaining muscle and nerve function to supporting protein synthesis.
Likewise, chromium and vanadium help regulate blood sugar levels and insulin, while zinc and selenium control a host of biological functions ranging from maintaining high Testosterone levels to regulating the immune system.
The trouble lies in getting enough of them into the body, especially if you're an athlete of any kind.
Tons of research shows that exercise alone can lead to the increased need for certain minerals. Athletes simply lose minerals through urine and sweat, and exercise, especially intense weight training.
Consider that a single bout of intense exercise can deplete magnesium levels for up to 18 days, not to mention the similar effects exercise has on zinc and other crucial minerals.
But all you have to do is eat a balanced diet, right?
Sure, spread some mashed yeast on an avocado or two and wash it down with some guava juice and you're all set.
It's pretty obvious that it doesn't work that way.
Minerals, Minerals Everywhere...
But Not a Milligram to Be Absorbed
The mineral (and vitamin) content of one fruit varies enormously from another fruit of the same variety, based on the area where it was grown, the soil in which it was grown in, the fertilizers used or not used, and the climate and growing season of the area where it was farmed.
Combine that with the fact that most athletes, ironically, in an effort to eat healthy, end up restricting themselves to eating only about 20 different foods a week, making it extremely difficult to eat a diet that has all the essential minerals it needs.
And when it comes to hardcore athletes, it's simply impossible to get an optimal mineral intake without designer supplementation.
You take a mineral formulation, you say?
Theoretically, that's smart... until you take a closer look at how minerals are absorbed by the body.
Unlike vitamins, minerals are inorganic. That means they're not of biological origin. They're related to silver and gold and all the rest of the elements you find on the periodic table.
It makes sense that the body would easily absorb organic things like vitamins, right? Likewise, it should make equal sense that the body doesn't easily absorb inorganic things like minerals very well.
For one thing, most minerals have a natural electric charge, which causes them to interact with other dietary components, making it impossible for the minerals to be absorbed. Equally bad is that these charged minerals can deactivate other minerals and important nutrient factors such as vitamin E, ascorbic acid, certain B vitamins, other minerals, and even certain medications.
As such, the body has to do a little chemical conversion with minerals before it can absorb them. The body has to make the inorganic minerals organic by adding amino acids to the minerals. This process is known as chelation, and it gives minerals a neutral charge, thus allowing them to be absorbed.
Unfortunately, the body isn't always very efficient at chelating minerals, especially those that are contained in most mineral supplements. The minerals in most supplements have a molecular mass that is just too large to travel across the intestinal wall. As a result, they get excreted and the beneficiaries are bacteria and earthworms.
BIOTEST was certainly aware of the problem, but we hadn't yet tackled it in a meaningful way. Granted, BIOTEST had addressed antioxidants and essential phytochemicals with Superfood, but we hadn't yet addressed specific vitamin and/or mineral supplementation, especially when it comes to muscle performance.
The fact is we were busy on a hundred or so other projects.
But that was until BIOTEST's Chief Science Officer, Tim Ziegenfuss, had the problem thrown smack dab in his face.
Pro Football Meets the Atomic World
Dr. Z works with a lot of NFL players, providing them with dietary protocols that include food and supplementation. Now there are very few supplements that football players can take without the NFL freaking out, but they're actually required to use minerals (and vitamins). The trouble is, Tim felt guilty "prescribing" any of the minerals on the market because, well, they all suck.
So Dr. Ziegenfuss asked Tim Patterson if he could formulate a designer mineral supplement for elite and professional-level athletes. And BIOTEST decided to do minerals right.
They hooked up with the ultimate mineral research group and manufacturer Albion Labs to make what's arguably the world's best mineral supplement, a product we're calling ELITEPROTM Mineral Support.
Why are ELITEPROTM minerals the best?
Because Albion's patented technology produces totally reacted amino-acid chelates. This means that each mineral atom is double-bonded to an amino-acid molecule, thereby making an amino-acid chelate that's not only small enough to pass through the intestine, but small enough to be transported right into the cell itself.
And this isn't just theory or conjecture where some lab guys say, "They must be small enough, you can hardly see 'em." No, these amino acid chelates have been tested by the following methods:
- X-Ray Diffraction
- Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrometry
- Infrared Spectrometry
- Fourier-Transformed Infrared Spectrometry
Because of the Albion chelation process, it doesn't matter if you take ELITEPROTM minerals with food or without food. Likewise, you can take them with or without other nutrients – it doesn't matter, the neutral charge of the chelated minerals prevents any cross-reactivity.
Why haven't other companies done this?
Well, aside from the cost, there's a "problem" with using these super-chelated minerals. Remember how I said that each mineral atom has an amino acid connected to it?
Well, adding one amino-acid molecule to each mineral atom significantly increases the total amount of material, making a daily dose rather large, in terms of number of capsules – at least in comparison to the run-of-the-mill mineral supplements on the market
For example, most fully chelated minerals range between 90 percent and 99 percent amino-acid content, by weight. Which obviously means that these top-level chelates contain between 1 percent and 10 percent mineral content, by weight.
In the case of ELITEPROTM minerals, in order to meet the daily requirements of hard-working athletes, the proper dose requires 7 capsules. Keep in mind that most of the material is comprised of the amino-acid portion of the chelate, and we didn't go overboard on the amounts of minerals.
Of course, taking 7 capsules a day is no big deal to the average athlete who's used to taking capsules. Athletes know better, that ONE pill can't possibly fill all their nutritional needs. It's not realistic.
It's All in the Mineral Recipe
Now that you know what we've done with ElitePro, why we did it, and how we did it, let's take a look at the specific formula.
ELITEPROTM Mineral Support is specifically designed to meet the needs of elite and professional-level athletes. As such, the minerals contained in the formula are the ones they're generally most deficient in because of physical activity and because of the shortcomings of the agricultural business and because of poor dietary choices often made by athletes.
Taken with or without food once a day, we recommend taking the formulation at night because magnesium has a mild sleep-inducing effect.
The Ultimate Guarantee
Ultimately, the ELITEPROTM formula ensures that hardcore athletes have energy systems, protein synthesis, hormone production, bone density, and insulin and blood-sugar management required for elite-level performance.
For the first time ever, you can know for certain that all your mineral-supported biological functions are optimized and running at full speed.
Do mineral supplementation right, and ensure that you keep making maximum gains in the gym or on the field.