I am continuing on from our Cramps, Irritability, Sleep problems…..are you Magnesium deficient? article. As you can read that blog will not  repeat myself, so let us move on to getting magnesium into your cells.

I trust you are addressing your quality of food and your digestion to the best of your ability. The next is to find the best magnesium supplement or more importantly the best absorbable supplement for you. Believe me they are NOT all the same.

Firstly there are different forms of magnesium and depending on your body and your needs will determine which could be the best for you.  The different forms are glycinate,citrate, orotate, amino acid chelate, phosphate, aspartate and then there is oxide and also the external form chloride.  I am not going to make this a chemistry lesson, so in the name of simplicity I am going to suggest if you would like a fast acting, magnesium I would go for a glycinate, orotate or citrate. The glycinate form is what is referred to as an organic molecule, meaning it has 2 carbon molecules, making it more stable and less interfering of other minerals I.e. copper. If you have a more chronic long term condition, you could still go for the citrate and orotate, however you may find the amino acid chelate maybe the one more beneficial for you. Basically they all have their place and will be absorbed, however they all have a role and some work in the intracellular fluid while others prefer the extracellular fluid and then some want to get into mitochondria.

Many people find when they take a magnesium supplement that the get diarrhoea, if this happens, I would suggest you look at the form you are taking and it is quite possible it could be the oxide form. If this is the case then there is no surprise, as the oxide form is a larger molecule and does not
absorb as efficiently and thereby can result in a laxative action. Now, if you need to get you bowel motions working then for short term use it is not too detrimental, however if you are trying to support your cellular nutrition, I would suggest you aim to change to the form of citrate, orotate or amino acid chelate.  You may find your bowels could move in a easier fashion, however it will not give a laxative effect, unless you decide to take a large amount.

There is the form of phosphate and generally you will find this in the cell salts and it is extremely subtle in its action , making it safer for children and the  people with extremely sensitive systems as it is mainly working in the extracellular fluid. There is also Magnesium chloride and this is applied externally on the skin, where its actions is more transdermal, for some people this is beneficial, as their digestive systems maybe too compromised and this will enable a more topical

The next question is liquid, capsule, tablet or powder.  I personally prefer powder, but it really comes down to, what are you prepared to take .  It is no point me suggesting a powder or liquid if you find them inconvenient to take, so the most important factor is compliance (actually taking it). Always check what the excipients (what holds them together) are in the tablet and capsule, you will find this out by contacting the company that produces them ( many will not want to give you this information). If the company does not wish to give you the information, I personally would look for another supplement, as what I have found, even though the excipients  may be in minuscule amounts, they do accumulate and many can be stored in endocrine tissue, possibly leading to health issues. For one of the best supplements email me via the contact page

If you get the correct supplement for you and take the recommendeddose you would expect to get results within hours.   As per my first article, if those issues are not addressed then you would expect to have to stay on the magnesium supplement for a longer period of time, if however you can avoid stress, eat completely certified organic foods and have absolutely no environmental stresses in your
life, maybe you would only need to take for a short time

Another way to get good magnesium into your cells is through your food and even better in the form of green smoothies using the following vegetables.  I personally like, spinach, kale, broccolli, collard greens,  parsley, bok choy, basically all the dark green leafy veges,  beans and lentils sprouted, plus seeds  as they are or sprouted.   You will also get magnesium from nuts and grains, however many people do not digest these efficiently so I would be cautious.

Magnesium is a valuable mineral that many would benefit from taking, if you would like advice on any of the matters or issues discussed, please contact me via the contact page http://agelessvitality.com.au/contact-us/ till next time.

May you live your live with passion and vitality…..regardless of your age.