Tag: Magnesium absorption dependant on quality of supplement
Dr. Hunt has developed his own calcium magnesium combination. This is an important balance between calcium and magnesium, preventing the negative side effects of too much calcium and poor magnesium absorption.
Magnesium is useful for a multitude of health concerns, namely
- muscle cramping
- high blood pressure
Not all types of magnesium cause a laxative effect. Poorly absorbed magnesium supplements need to be broken down into its ionic form in the body before it can be absorbed. A high concentration of mineral ions in the gut increases the osmotic pressure that causes water to be drawn into the intestine to dilute the ions and lower their concentration. This increased flow of water into the intestine is what creates the laxative effect and can lead to lose stools, bloating and diarrhea.
Magnesium chelates such as magnesium glycinate do not need to be broken down into ionic form for absorption. When magnesium is combined with glycinate it can easily cross the intestinal membrane as an intact pair through gates designed specifically for their passing called dipeptide channels. As a result, no magnesium ions are left behind to disrupt osmotic pressure and therefore a laxative effect is avoided.