Chelated (Key-lated) minerals are minerals already bound to a small piece of protein. For minerals to be absorbed they need to be attached to a protein or a sugar which is easily absored in the small intestine. Chelated minerals don’t rely on this ‘attachment’ happening by chance, as they are all ready to be ‘smuggled’ across the intestine wall into the bloodstream.
While minerals present in pastures and some minerals in grains are naturally chelated, a majority of minerals supplied in commercial mineral supplements are in an inorganic or non-chelated form. Inorganic minerals rely on chance meetings within the gut with a protein or sugar that they can attach to for absorption. Providing a percentage of minerals as chelated minerals maximises absorption and ensures that your horse is getting the minerals it needs.
Essentially chelated minerals are used to maximise mineral absorption, making sure that the goodness within KelatoVIT stays in your horse, and doesn’t just end up out on the ground.
Which chelated minerals does KelatoVIT contain?
KelatoVIT incorporates chelated iron, zinc, manganese and copper. KelatoVIT also contains organic selenium in the form of selenium yeast. Because these minerals are highly available to the horse, KelatoVIT contains slightly lower levels of minerals than found in traditional supplements containing only inorganic minerals.
What are the benefits of utilising chelated minerals for horses?
The use of chelated minerals in horse feeds has resulted in increased stress and disease resistance in performance horses, reduced bone abnormalities in growing horses and improved hoof and hair condition in general.