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Can you tell us a little about the company?

Albion Minerals®, a subsidiary of Balchem, was established in 1956, by Dr. Harvey Ashmead. It started out as a veterinary medicine company. He developed an interest in minerals and through his research developed some unique mineral forms. We took that knowledge to people. From the start, we’ve been an evidence-based company; our products are always backed by third party research and clinical trials. And we hold over 100 patents—from manufacturing processes to food applications.

From Albion’s perspective, why is iron a key ingredient in many supplements?

Iron is a commonly lacking mineral. Pregnant women need to make sure they get the right amount of iron. Young women, too.*

Albion’s created what we think is a game-changing delivery system. Can you tell us about that and why it’s so important?

We actually join iron to glycine, a naturally occurring amino acid creating an amino acid chelate structure. This structure is similar to food sources of minerals and helps make the mineral stable, and bioavailable. A good way to visualize it is like an M&M. The mineral is the chocolate and then we have this outer candy coating of the amino acid glycine that keeps the product intact and “melt” until later in the digestive tract.

Why does it matter where in the digestive tract the iron is absorbed?

It’s common for some iron supplements to get absorbed in the beginning of the digestive tract, but the later segment of gut is where the dipeptides are. Later absorption also helps reduce your chances of getting an upset stomach.*

How is your iron sourced and manufactured?

We make our product in a reaction tank utilizing clean ingredients. We carefully monitor the pH and reaction process, and then the liquid is spray dried. Our product is also kosher, halal, and vegan-friendly. We feel proud to have created something that meets the needs and health concerns consumers have today.*

Albion Minerals® is a registered trademark of Albion Laboratories, Inc

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