Organic vs inorganic magnesium
Organic forms of magnesium include citrate, glycinate, orotate and amino acid chelates, while inorganic forms include oxide, chloride and carbonate. Organic forms of magnesium are generally better absorbed and don’t tend to produce digestive disturbances when compared to inorganic forms. In studies, organic forms of magnesium consistently show greater bioavailability than inorganic forms.
Magnesium is bonded to citric acid, so it remains stable in the stomach in the presence of hydrochloric acid and is delivered intact to your small intestine for easy absorption. Magnesium citrate is electrically neutral so doesn’t interfere or compete with other important nutrients for absorption. See Herbs of Gold Magnesium Citrate 900.
Magnesium is bound to the non-essential amino acid glycine, which assists the mineral’s absorption through the small intestine, enhancing the uptake into the bloodstream. See Herbs of Gold Magnesium Forte.
Magnesium is bound to orotic acid, which makes it easier for magnesium to travel across cell membranes, making it highly bioavailable.
Magnesium amino acid chelate
Structurally, magnesium amino acid chelate is made up of amino acids, bonded in a stable form, to magnesium. In your body's natural process of digestion, amino acids are used to naturally chelate (bond) minerals and help transport them across the intestinal wall. This allows them to be more bioavailable and better absorbed in your body. See Herbs of Gold Muscle Resuscitation.
Magnesium absorption takes place in the small intestine and absorption either increases or decreases depending upon your body’s requirements; low serum magnesium promotes increased absorption, and high serum magnesium promotes decreased absorption. Magnesium levels are regulated by the small intestines (controlling absorption), the kidneys (controlling excretion) and bones, teeth, muscles, liver, pancreas and other non-muscle soft tissue (major storage sites).
Uses for ‘multi-purpose’ magnesium are many and varied:
- Required for energy production and is important in maintaining energy levels
- Exercise increases your body's requirements for magnesium. Using magnesium during exercise can help maintain exercise performance
- Required for the conduction of nerve impulses and normal muscle contraction
- Helps your body metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats
- Essential for the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus and is an important structural component of bone, helping to maintain bone strength
- Helps to maintain healthy glucose metabolism. Magnesium is required for glucose uptake into cells
- May assist in the management and symptomatic relief of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- May assist in the relief of menstrual cramps
- May assist in the management of mild migraines by providing symptomatic relief of mild migraine headaches and reducing their frequency and severity
- Helps maintain a healthy nervous system
- Helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and heart by supporting healthy heart muscle function and rhythm in healthy individuals
- Helps maintain healthy blood vessels in healthy individuals
- Assists in the prevention and management of dietary magnesium deficiency