Performance Minerals versus Ordinary Minerals
Performance Minerals support increased growth and improved efficiency,
reproduction and immunity. Performance minerals are readily available to the
animal when ingested. They consist of one metal ion bound to one amino acid
molecule. This stable bond allows performance minerals to remain intact as they
pass through the volatile stomach environment so they can reach the small intestine
where they are easily absorbed into the bloodstream and then transported to
tissues and organs for utilization.
Ordinary minerals prevent deficiencies and provide for normal growth and
reproduction. When an ordinary trace mineral – such as zinc sulfate or zinc
oxide – is fed, there are three possible outcomes:
1. It is bound
to an antagonist and not absorbed. Antagonists are other components in the diet
that may interfere with mineral absorption.
2. The ordinary
mineral remains in its original form and is excreted.
3. The ordinary
mineral is bound to a complexing agent, which serves as a carrier to drive
absorption into the small intestine.