Magnesium Absorption Video

by Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. on April 28, 2011

This educational video covers the importance of the many roles of magnesium in your body.

Click here to watch this video about magnesium absorption on YouTube.

Greetings, friends. Today we’re going to be talking about magnesium absorption. I’m doctor Nikolas Hedberg, board certified chiropractic internist. Magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in the body only second to calcium. About 90 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium and it’s important for 350 enzymatic reactions in the body.

 

Magnesium is important for energy production, burning fat, relaxation, it’s really important for the heart, the bones, it has an alkalizing effect and it can actually help you feel a lot better. Magnesium uptake in this graph indicates four different types of magnesium.

 

The lowest absorption rate is magnesium oxide, going all the way up to the best absorption which is a magnesium chelate. It’s really important to look at your supplement ingredient list, because if you see a magnesium blend where it lists two, three, four different types of magnesium and you see magnesium oxide on that blend, most likely the majority of the magnesium in the blend is going to be oxide.

 

Magnesium oxide is poorly absorbed, it mainly just irritates the intestines and causes loose stools. A chelate is best absorbed because it doesn’t have any competition. When calcium and magnesium are present in the intestine, calcium actually has a right of passage over magnesium. So, if you’re taking supplements that are calcium and magnesium together and they’re not chelated, you’re really not going to get much magnesium absorption.

 

The magnesium I recommend is a magnesium glycinate chelate from Albion Minerals. That’s A-L-B-I-O-N. These are the highest quality, most highly absorbed minerals on the market today. Well, that’s all we have to talk about today. I hope this graph helps you understand the best form of magnesium to take to give you the best absorption and the maximum effects.

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