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.