In 1956, a team of scientists created Albion Laboratories. After years of research, these scientists began making landmark discoveries in mineral chelation. For these new discoveries Albion would eventually receive many patents from the United States and other countries around the world. Today, Albion remains the only source on the market for this unique formulation utilizing true amino acid chelated minerals. These patented chelated minerals are marketed under the trade name Metalosate.
Albion’s Metalosate products are the result of necessary elemental minerals bound to organic molecules in a chelated form. Chelation is the process of attaching a specific organic molecule to a mineral in two or more places to form a ring. The molecule holds the mineral like a claw, surrounding and protecting it from adverse interactions.
Metalosate products are patented chelated minerals specifically designed for foliar application on plants.
Albion produces mineral nutrients chelated with amino acids. Since amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein found in all living organisms, the chelation of minerals with amino acids provides a tremendous advantage in the efficiency of absorption and translocation of minerals within plants. Only Albion has the patented technology to make the Metalosate amino acid chelates.
Metalosate is unique because our minerals are chelated with amino acids. Since amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein, they are natural molecules found in all living things. Chelation is the process of attaching a specific organic molecule called a ligand to a mineral ion at two or more sites to form a ring structure.
Chelates can be either synthetic or natural. EDTA, DTPA, EDDHA and similar molecules are examples of synthetic chelating agents. Hemoglobin and chlorophyll are examples of natural chelates. Albion's amino acid chelates are chemically very similar to naturally occurring chelates found in plants, animals, and humans.
The advantage of using natural chelated forms of minerals is that the amino acid ligands surround and protect the minerals from adverse interactions. These interactions can take place in a solution, in the soil or on the surface of the leaf. They often render non-chelated minerals unavailable to the plant. Because Albion uses natural amino acids to chelate the minerals, they are rapidly absorbed, translocated and metabolized by plants, animals, and humans.