What are Nutritional Minerals?
Nutritional minerals are responsible for maintaining healthy body functions such as balancing the pH, kidney functions, building strong bones, transmitting nerve impulses. Some are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat.
Minerals that the body requires for these functions include Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Selenium, Copper, Zinc, Iron, Iodine, and Chloride.
“Complete and Balanced” pet foods often contain synthetic vitamin/mineral packs. However, in regulatory definitions it is stated that absorption of these nutrients in processed foods is between 10% and 90%. While one rate of absorption may lead to deficiency, another may lead to toxicity. Regulation urges manufacturers of processed foods to add minerals in levels that are significantly higher than what a pet requires to ensure they meet minimum requirements even in the face of poor absorption.