What is the best form of magnesium to take?

What is the best form of magnesium to take?

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There are a staggering number of different magnesium supplements on the market. If you search for “magnesium” in the Health product category on Amazon, there are over 10,000 results! With so many to choose from, how can you pick one that is going to be the most effective?

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How do I find the best magnesium formula?

Read the label

Many magnesium products contain compounds that are not easily absorbed or only provide a small amount of elemental magnesium.

Look for purity

Ask for the manufacturer’s certificate of analysis ("COA") to review for label claims and heavy metal content.

Look for ingredient safety

Many magnesium brands record elemental magnesium levels that in one serving exceed magnesium’s established upper limit of approximately 400 mg per day. This is a red-flag for consumers indicating that the formulas have not been developed by a doctor and don’t follow FDA guidelines.

Calculate the value

Often magnesium tablets or capsules will come in 400 mg servings. But these are just a magnesium compound where the ions of each element in the compound constantly ionize and then bind back together. When they are bound together, they are not absorbed into the cells. With this type of product, the best cellular absorption is probably about 20%. So, you think you’re getting 400 mg of magnesium when you’re really only absorbing 80 mg! So, ask yourself the question when you look at a magnesium product, "Am I paying for magnesium that my body isn't going to use?”

How Much Magnesium Should I Take?

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is between 350 and 400 mg per day, which is considered a maintenance dose and, in my view, just enough to ward off outright deficiency. However, for optimal health and for the conditions that are triggered by magnesium deficiency, the best dosage is perhaps twice as much.

The Most Popular Types of Magnesium

In the first edition of The Magnesium Miracle, I was mainly interested in educating people about magnesium itself. I wrote this book before I even realized the extent of my own magnesium deficiency, which was causing daily heart palpitations and nightly leg cramps. Initially, I believed that magnesium supplements were much alike, and I researched an exhaustive list of magnesium supplements to compare their effectiveness.

Magnesium Oxide

Magnesium oxide is the LEAST well-absorbed magnesium on earth! It’s only 4% absorbed, yet the need for magnesium is so great in the human body, it still produces benefits!Sure, it will help to give a laxative effect to those who are constipated. But it’s not going to do much for magnesium deficiency conditions, and it won’t help overcome the magnesium drain caused by medications, fluoride in the water, sweating, stress and a dozen other causes of magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium Citrate

Magnesium citrate powder is the most commonly used form of magnesium. Mixed with water, either warm or room temperature, it is better absorbed than in pill or capsule form.

Many readers, including the Elderly, find mixing magnesium citrate powder to be quite messy and inconvenient. Additionally, magnesium citrate's absorption is about 20% of the amount you take.

Magnesium Glycinate

Magnesium chelates like magnesium glycinate claim to be better absorbed and less laxative than inorganic magnesium compounds. But they are only magnesium compounds with an attached amino acid. It’s said that chelating mimics what plants do to minerals, but plants chelate picometer-size minerals to begin with, not the much larger sized dirt-mineral compounds in these products.

In one clinical study, amino acid chelates like magnesium glycinate demonstrate higher bioavailability than inorganic compounds like magnesium oxide which is only absorbed by 4%. Nevertheless, the absorption for magnesium glycinate is about 20% of the amount you take.

Magnesium L-Threonate

The January 28, 2010 issue of Neuron published a paper on a low potency, patented magnesium L-threonate product entitled, “Enhancement of Learning and Memory by Elevating Brain Magnesium.” The rat study concluded that “Our findings suggest that an increase in brain magnesium enhances both short-term synaptic facilitation and long-term potentiation and improves learning and memory functions.”The study compares several forms of magnesium for absorption into the cerebrospinal fluid and found that magnesium L-threonate measured only 7 percent higher at day 24 of intake. With this 7 percent increase in the CSF, promoters of this product say theirs is the only magnesium that crosses the blood brain barrier. That is an inaccurate statement. Giving superpowers to their product obscures the reality that any magnesium can and does produce some or all of these same effects.

The treatment of migraines, seizures, stroke, head injuries and other nervous system problems with even the highly unabsorbed magnesium oxide (at 4%) shows that all magnesium works at the neuron level, which means all or part of it gets into the brain. See the 24 chapters in Magnesium in the Central Nervous System for more evidence.

Magnesium Chloride

In a clinical trial of 16 subjects, magnesium chloride absorption was found to be the highest of all magnesium forms. But, powdered magnesium chloride in water is not stable, so again, absorption is affected by the magnesium and chloride molecules detaching in water and then quickly reattaching. Also, many consumers finding mixing the powder to be messy and somewhat inconvenient. It’s also extremely bitter.

The ReMag Difference

With the exception of a suggestion I make for those who experience constipation (one dose of Natural Calm at night) and using Epsom salts for baths, I recommend using ReMag Liquid Magnesium for the following reasons:

1. Absorption

Not only is ReMag concentrated and picometer in size but it's a stabilized ion. This stabilization created in the 18-step process is essential for absorption and makes ReMag highly effective - allowing each drop to slip through the mineral channels of the cells - bioavailable the second it goes into your mouth or onto your skin!

2. Concentration

ReMag starts out as magnesium chloride and goes through an 18-step process of transformation. During that time our formula is concentrated to an unheard of 60,000 ppm and reduced to a picometer size. This is like taking a bowling ball and concentrating it to the size of a gum ball and then taking the gum ball and making it picometer in size. It’s hard to imagine this but a picometer is a unit of length equal to one trillionth of a meter. Then the magnesium ions are released from their bond to chloride. When you take ReMag, these stabilized ions are immediately absorbed into the cells.

No other formula goes through this process. This is the essence of the superiority of ReMag and what makes it so unique - the concentration, the size, and the stability of magnesium ions – improving intracellular absorptionand initiating the activity of 300 enzyme systems and 80% of known metabolic functions.

3. Value

Another liquid brand of magnesium that a customer brought to our attention has 66.5 mgs of magnesium per 1/2 tsp. In comparison ReMag gives you 150 mgs per 1/2 tsp. So that's 2.5-1 in terms of servings per bottle - the other bottle says 96 servings but it's only really 38 servings in ReMag numbers! It’s also far less concentrated. And, of course, it does not have stabilized, magnesium ions so it is not highly absorbed like ReMag.

4. Quality

ReMag has a quality assurance process that is off the charts! Most small to mid- size companies are doing the minimum requirement of the FDA and not much more - we exceed their requirements on many levels to meet Dr. Dean's exacting standards! After all, her name is on every bottle.

5. Ease of Use

Measure and dispense ReMag liquid into a water bottle, juice or smoothie – 1teaspoon equals 300 mg.

6. Source and Purity of ReMag

The source of the raw ore used in ReMag is dolomitic limestone. It hails from the great state of Texas. The magnesium is then ionized, purified, stabilized and liquified to form our finished end product. The dolomitic lime is only a starting point. The minerals are purified to 99.99% pure state before being ionized and used in ReMag.

You can be assured of RnA ReSet’s Quality Control

Behind the scenes of the construction of our formulas is the diligent, precise work of our Quality Control and Quality Assurance teams. Our cGMP manufacturers have professional staff dedicated to the adherence of all quality standards of the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices which stipulate that manufacturers must evaluate the identity, purity, quality, strength, and composition of their dietary ingredients and dietary supplements to help guarantee that our products are safe and accurately labeled.While the formulations behind the Completement Formulas of RnA ReSet are proprietary and held in strict confidence, the quantitative ingredients, Quality Control, and Quality Assurance process of each formula are completely transparent and subject to routine inspection by authorized, qualified examiners. To give you a peek into what we do, we’ll take you on a tour of what goes on in our process.

In order to end up with the highest quality formulations, we begin with sourcing the highest quality raw ingredients. Even though we obtain a Certificate of Analysis from the supplier for each of the raw ingredients in our formulas, samples out for tested for further confirmation. We use the same exacting specifications and standards of evaluation to monitor those ingredients and the resultant product through to completion. Once the formula has been manufactured, each lot is inspected, laboratory tested, and approved by quality control professionals before it is shipped to our fulfillment center.

When the product reaches the fulfillment center, a different level of quality control measures are applied to each finished product to ensure the lot is safe and ready to consume so more inspections, tests, and verifications take place.

Each Batch of Our Products Is Accompanied by A Certificate of Analysis (COA)

A COA indicates the following outcomes of our efforts:

  • Identity and potency – Does this batch actually contain the ingredients and dosage strength listed on the label?
  • Purity – Is the product free of specific contaminants? Are heavy metals and organisms within their appropriate and acceptable ranges?
  • Bioavailability – Does the product meet standards for adequate use in the body?
  • Consistency – Are the contents, packaging and labels consistent throughout the batch and meet FDA requirements?

We are proud to partner with our manufacturers to create highly absorbed, highly effective dietary supplements that meet the rigorous requirements of Good Manufacturing Practices, recognized around the world as the gold standard for consumer safety.

What to do next?

The answer is to ReMineralize yourself. The best way to do that is to use ReMag Liquid Magnesium. The stabilized picometer magnesium ions in ReMag are easily absorbed at the cellular level, so it is fast-acting and doesn’t just get flushed out like other magnesium supplements.

ReMag Liquid Magnesium

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Customers love ReMag: I am much more relaxed, focused and self aware without the aid of stimulants. ReMag has helped me improve my overall health so I can make more proactive dietary changes more easily. –Joanna R. UK