The Role of Trace Minerals 

Our leading knowledge in minerals starts with understanding the specific role each mineral plays in improving animal performance. Decades of ground-breaking research have led to the discovery of the most effective trace mineral nutrients for animal productivity and wellbeing.

What Are Trace Minerals?

Trace minerals provide the essential nutrients animals need for metabolic functions such as growth, development, immunity and reproduction. Even moderate deficiencies can adversely impact animal productivity. That’s why Zinpro Performance Minerals® are specifically designed to maximize those metabolic functions.

Where Traditional Mineral Sources Come Up Short

Organic Minerals

Trace minerals linked to carbon containing molecules qualify as organic but their performance depends on specific properties.

Inorganic Minerals

These are minerals in their most basic form. While they do have benefits, their overall performance is limited.

The Benefits of Performance Minerals

Ordinary minerals have limited absorption and are prone to antagonistic interactions with other minerals or diet components that interfere with absorption. Zinpro Performance Minerals consist of a mineral bound to an amino acid to create a molecule that is most favored for absorption and utilization. Our minerals are specifically designed to utilize the amino acid transporter for optimal absorption and bioefficacy.

Trace Mineral Functions and Important Symptoms

Zinc

Trace Mineral Function
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Vitamin A Utilization
  • Epithelial Tissue Integrity
  • Immune System
  • Reproduction
Trace Mineral Deficiency
  • Abnormal Skin and Hooves
  • Bone and Joint Problems
  • Poor Wound Healing
  • Fertility Problems

Manganese

Trace Mineral Function
  • Bone and Cartilage Synthesis
  • Enzyme Systems
  • Reproduction
  • Immune Response
Trace Mineral Deficiency
  • Abnormal Bone and Joint Development
  • Impaired Ability to Make or Repair Joint Cartilage
  • Abnormalities in Skin, Hair and Hooves
  • Reproduction Challenges

Copper

Trace Mineral Function
  • Collagen Synthesis and Maintenance
  • Enzyme Function
  • Red Blood Cell Maturation
  • Reproduction
  • Immune Response
Trace Mineral Deficiency
  • Bone and Joint Disease
  • Tendon and Ligament Problems
  • Poor Coat Color
  • Early Embryonic Losses

Cobalt

Trace Mineral Function
  • Required by Ruminants for Synthesis of Vitamin B12 by Bacteria in the Gut
  • Fiber Digestion by Bacteria
Trace Mineral Deficiency
  • Low Vitamin B12 Levels
  • Poor Growth
  • Low Body Condition

Iron

Trace Mineral Function
  • Oxygen Transport in Hemoglobin
Trace Mineral Deficiency
  • Anemia Is the Final Stage of Iron Deficiency
  • Can Be Caused by Blood Loss

Selenium

Trace Mineral Function
  • Component of Glutathione Peroxidase
  • Thyroid Hormone Metabolism
  • Immune Response
Trace Mineral Deficiency
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Poor Stress Tolerance
  • Impaired Immunity
  • Subpar Performance

Chromium

Trace Mineral Function
  • Improves Insulin Sensitivity
  • Facilitates Insulin and Receptor Interaction
  • Reduces Stress via Lowering Cortisol
  • Improves Dry Matter Intake in Livestock
Trace Mineral Deficiency
  • Impaired Glucose Tolerance
  • Elevated Insulin Concentration
  • Elevated Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  • Impaired Growth
  • Decreased Fertility

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