Albion Human Nutrition
Investing in Science to Help the Industry Stay Strong
Balchem is a supplier of Albion Minerals®; highly effective nutritional mineral forms that can be easily absorbed by the human body. These special organic molecules are known as mineral amino acid chelates; they are used in nutraceutical supplements and food fortification to provide complete organic mineral nutrition, giving consumers the greatest chance to absorb minerals for their best biological advantage.
A degreed pharmacist and biochemist, Harvey H. Ashmead, PhD, started Albion. Dr. Ashmead began to research how minerals were absorbed and used in the body in order to make mineral-based products more palatable. His interest in mineral research led him to Mead Johnson, then to Pfizer, and finally to his decision to open a company dedicated to safe, effective, easily tolerated mineral products—Albion.
Under Dr. Ashmead’s leadership, the newly formed company’s involvement in mineral research grew. In the 70s and 80s, Albion opened an in-house laboratory and developed an extensive network of relationships with researchers from universities around the globe. As researchers came to know the Albion name, they associated it with minerals whose quality and performance was consistent, and they sought it out almost exclusively.
Ferrochel® (Ferrous Bisglycinate Chelate), TRAACS® (The Real Amino Acid Chelate System), Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum, Zinc, Vanadium, Chromium, DimaCal® (DiCalcium Malate), DiMagnesium Malate, CCM (Calcium Citrate Malate), Calci-K® Complex (Calcium Potassium Phosphate Citrate), Creatine MagnaPower® (Magnesium Creatine Chelate)
• Customized mineral blends
• Contract mineral chelate manufacturing
• Contract spray drying
Albion pioneered the use of Fast-Fourier Transforming Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) as a validation technique of mineral chelates. This technology measures the bond energy between the ligand and mineral to ensure full and proper chelation. Albion remains the only mineral company that can guarantee each batch of mineral bisglycinate chelates have the molecular signature indicating that chelation has actually occurred.
R&D Efforts/Clinical Substantiation
The results of past and on going studies conducted by Albion scientists, and studies conducted by renowned third-party institutions using Albion minerals, have resulted in data from approximately 200 scientific studies (in animals and humans), 85 human clinical trials and 125 peer-reviewed, published studies. Albion research findings have guided the use of mineral supplements for human health by governmental, educational and business interests.
Albion will continue to increase its leadership in the future of mineral forms and delivery systems, as evidenced by the expansion of the company’s staff of R&D scientists, investment in research and the addition of a new in-house cell biology lab. Albion sets itself apart by investing in science to help the industry stay strong.
• Max R. Motyka, Director of Human Nutrition
• Rick Harnish, Sales Manager East Coast
• Theresa Seaquist, Sales Manager West Coast