The function of enzymes and hormones is essentially linked to trace elements. This key role in metabolism cannot be replaced by other kinds of nutrients, that’s why we call them ‘essential’ trace elements. Trace mineral chelates have proven to be better than inorganic minerals in meeting the nutritional needs of modern farm animals. Chelates in animal feed are organic forms of essential trace minerals such as copper, iron, manganese and zinc.
Animals absorb, digest and use mineral chelates better than inorganic minerals. This means that lower concentrations can be used in animal feeds. In addition, animals fed chelated sources of essential trace minerals excrete lower amounts in their manure, and so there is less environmental contamination. Mineral chelates also offer health and welfare benefits in animal nutrition.