Kenny Miller

It is essential for every hunter who wants to get the ultimate trophy buck, to grow their herd. Providing an ionic mineral source is key to ensuring that your deer are getting the nutrients and minerals they need to reach their maximum potential. This is where serious hunters and people looking to give the most substantial growth opportunity provide ionic minerals to their deer.

When talking about minerals, you will hear words like ‘ionic’ and ‘colloidal’ that can sound confusing and don’t really describe what they mean. Continue reading, and you will find out precisely what these mineral types are and why ionic minerals are the right choice for anyone who is serious about growing the ultimate deer population.

  • What Are Ionic and Colloidal Minerals?

When selecting a mineral supplement to grow your herd, the abundance of technical terms can lead to a lot of confusion. So before going any deeper into why ionic minerals are the best way to grow massive trophy bucks, it is first essential to define what exactly these words mean.

    • Colloidal Minerals

Colloidal minerals are, for the most, part minerals that occur naturally. It isn’t to say that ionic minerals aren’t natural; it just means that colloidal minerals are an impure form of the supplements. This means that when an animal ingests colloidal minerals, there is a large amount of waste in the digestion process.

A way to explain the waste involved in the digestion of a colloidal mineral is to look at another naturally occurring mineral that’s well known: diamonds. Although this analogy isn’t perfect, it can help illustrate the problems in breaking down and utilizing colloidal minerals.

When a diamond is first taken from a mine, it is in the roughest form. It may be huge, but before it becomes a useable product, the diamond must be purified, cut, and polished before it can be sold. When this occurs, parts of the diamond are turned into waste because they cannot be used. The same is true with a natural deposit of colloidal minerals.

When a colloidal mineral is ingested, the animal’s digestive system has to waste energy removing impurities attached to the mineral and converting as much of it as it can into an ionic form. A MAXIMUM of 15% of the Colloidal mineral will be broken down into Ionic form.

The digestive system isn’t always well equipped for this, and as a result, the excess mineral that cannot be converted to ionic form is lost as waste in the urine and feces of an animal. This is because the small intestine cannot process minerals that are not in the ionic form.

    • Ionic Compounds

The ionic form of the mineral is the form that is broken down with appropriate charges (ions with + and – charges) and is ready for digestion. These are still the same all-natural minerals that are found in the colloidal counterpart. The only difference is that the ionic minerals are broken down into their most basic forms and have no impurities that inhibit the charges of the minerals. The presence of these charges creates a strong push toward equilibria in the system. In plain English, this means that there is a natural drive for the body to absorb and process these nutrients. More on this later.

The use of ionic mineral compounds means that the deer can absorb the maximum amount of the mineral, reducing waste. As humans, we use ionic compounds daily to get our minerals. One of the best examples of ionic minerals is ordinary table salt. This ionic compound consists of minerals with a positive and negative charge, which is the driving force for how this supplement moves through our bodies.

  • When It Comes to Minerals, It’s All About Absorption

Earlier I mentioned the natural drive created by ionic minerals in the body that enabled absorption. This is the most critical aspect of ionic minerals. Because of its importance, it is necessary to discuss the absorption process and how vital it is, in a little more detail.

I think the best way to represent this is with another relatable analogy, blowing on a fire. At the most technical level, fire is just a chemical reaction that needs oxygen to work. Fire is used to do all sorts of things such as cooking food and forging steel. The interesting thing is that both the cook and the blacksmith can burn charcoal, yet the blacksmith’s fire is much hotter.

The reason for this is oxygen. I know at this point you might be wondering what a fire has to do with mineral absorption, but bear with me just a little bit longer. When cooking with charcoal and fire, you control the heat by limiting the amount of oxygen available to burn. This is why a blacksmith is likely to use a blower on their fire to supply more oxygen than the chemical reaction needs so that it burns to completion, and thus produces a hotter flame.

The same thing happens in the intestines of deer when they eat colloidal and ionic minerals. When colloidal minerals are ingested, there are large portions of the mineral that are trapped in solution with no charges on the particles, and thus, they are not available to be absorbed and used by the body. However, when you provide a pure ionic mineral compound, with an uninhibited charge on the minerals, you offer an unrestricted source of minerals so that the body can absorb the maximum amount possible, limited only by genetics, for maximum potential growth.

This excess amount of minerals available for absorption by the animal is crucial to provide enough mineral compounds for bodily functions. These include support functions like immune systems, reproductive systems, antler growth, and also general growth and body mass of the deer.

Another great analogy is that a plant will grow if you provide it with a little bit of water and sunlight, by utilizing minerals in the soil. However, when you supply the plant with large amounts of water, and large amounts of sunlight and then apply fertilizer with ionic minerals, the plant will grow to be many times larger than in the first case.

Providing an ionic mineral when the does are lactating will help the increase the overall health of your herd. A healthy fawn will be more apt to grow into a healthy adult, allowing it to reach its maximum genetic potential.
  • Common Questions Regarding Ionic Minerals
    • Don’t deer get all the minerals they need naturally?

While it is true that all of the minerals a deer needs to grow are available in their natural environment, the problem is scarcity. If you have ever wondered why some areas have deer that tend to grow larger and healthier than other regions, the answer is the availability of minerals.

For the deer to grow to the peak of its predisposed genetic abilities, it needs to have access to an abundance of minerals. Sure, they may find enough minerals to grow and get by in the wild, but by providing a source for pure ionic minerals that are in the correct form, you make sure the deer has more than enough of the minerals available to facilitate growth.

    • Charges and Equilibrium are mentioned a lot, but what does that actually mean?

Throughout this article, the charges on ionic minerals are touched on. Let’s clarify what is meant by charges and why they are essential in the digestion process.

If you have ever noticed salt disappearing in a glass of water as you stir it, then you have seen the power of charges within ionic compounds. Salt contains two atoms, one with a positive charge and another with a negative charge. When an ionic mineral is mixed into water, it can it broken down into its positive and negative components.

Villi are tiny, hair-like structures inside the small intestine. The villi are responsible for absorbing and distributing the minerals to the body. The positive and negative charges interact with the villi of the small intestine. This interaction is the body trying to get to equilibrium. This is how the body knows where to deliver a particular mineral to a specific part of the body.

For example, if a part of the body that has a negative charge needs a mineral component, it will attract a positively charged mineral component. Once the small intestine absorbs the positively charged particle, the charge imbalance pulls the mineral to that spot of the body. Much the same way that a negative pole of a magnet attracts the positive pole. This is how nutrients spread throughout the body.

  • Don’t Rely on Luck to Grow Your Herd

All of this boils down to using ionic mineral compounds, like HD200 by Hightower Products, is the best way you can get trophy size deer. Utilizing their powerful, natural minerals to deliver a full supply of the nutrients that your herd needs is the mark of a serious hunter. Since you only get so many hunting seasons in life, make sure that you get the most out of them. Otherwise, you could spend a lifetime waiting for a trophy buck that will never come.