Magnesium is an essential mineral for all known living organisms. Magnesium ions catalyze many chemical reactions in the human body, including those in the mitochondria where most of the energy inside each cell of the body is produced. It also plays a role in cell signaling within the body, with wound healing and with enzymes governing the replication of DNA.
Magnesium is actually essential for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
Types of Magnesium – Which Should I Choose?
There are many different forms of magnesium available on the market, making choosing one difficult. Each type is different in the cost and the amount available for absorption. It is difficult for researchers to narrow down which is the best form due to the short half-life of magnesium in the body and difficulties with variations between testing methods. Here are some widely accepted facts:
The least bioavailable forms are magnesium oxide, bicarbonate and carbonate. Because they are less soluble, they are also more likely to cause intestinal side effects such as discomfort and loose stools. The magnesium in antacids is also not a good supplemental source because it neutralizes stomach acid and will impair the absorption of other minerals, like calcium.
Magnesium as an amino acid chelate, such as magnesium glycinate or magnesium taurate, is up to 4 times better absorbed than magnesium oxide and can be taken with our without food. Also, magnesium taurate has added benefit for the heart, so you may want to consider this form if you are supplementing for cardiovascular benefits. Magnesium chloride, magnesium citrate, and other magnesium salts are about 30% bioavailable. Magnesium glycinate and citrate are both soluble forms, considered highly absorbable that provide a high elemental mineral content. These are probably the most widely recommended forms.
Coral calcium may contain heavy metals and should not be taken during pregnancy or while breast feeding. Magnesium may interact with digoxin, certain anti-malarial medication, certain antibiotics, and bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis. Using magnesium as a laxative can result in severe dehydration. People with kidney disease should not take large doses of magnesium.
- A factor in the maintenance of good health
- Helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins & fats
- Helps in the development and maintenance of bones & teeth
- Helps in tissue formation & to maintain proper muscle function
Microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate (vegetable source), hypromellose (capsule ingredient),
Suggested Use (adult dosage)
3 capsules, 1 time per day.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult a healthcare practitioner before using this product.
Known adverse reactions
Some people may experience diarrhea.