In this article, Silvio Mattacchione talks about the Importance of Minerals in a Racing Pigeons Diet.
Health or its absence is the key to all results, good or bad! Regardless of the quality of your pigeons, if you are unable to keep them healthy, they are doomed to perennially poor results. What does all of this mean for both man and his Racing Pigeons? In simple terms, it means that biochemical researchers have determined that a mineral of some kind is involved in nearly every reaction that takes place within the billions of cells within the bodies of all animals-this includes all enzyme reactions, DNA reactions within the chromosomes’ genes, most hormone reactions, and in the brain’s, thought processes, just to mention a few. What I am saying is if the mineral element isn’t present at the cell level, there will be no enzyme reaction. The Racing Pigeon diet must maintain an adequate mineral supply to maintain a balance between internal and external pressures of the body cells called osmotic equilibrium. If this state is not maintained, normal cell function cannot continue. Further, all nutrients-such as vitamins, proteins, enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, sugars, and oils-require a large variety of minerals for activity. Remember, vitamins cannot function unless minerals are present, and trace chelated minerals are more important in nutrition than vitamins.