How to Choose the Best Magnesium Supplement

How can I know the best kind of magnesium dietary supplement to take? This question is being asked by many who are interested in facing their magnesium deficiency symptoms head on. There are new descriptive words being introduced constantly to claim being the new best?›ƒ?ª??ionic, pico, nano, angstrom, liquid, powder, capsule, tablet. Do you even know the definition of these terms? How do I know how to best determine which one is for me? Maybe some of these same questions have crossed your mind?

Sometimes it is just about keeping things simple. I seem to be the type of person who likes things simplified so that I can focus on my personal health and wellness goals while making it so they don?›ƒ?ªƒ?›t have to be so difficult to achieve, so I break things down. It is also important to me to share what I come up with so others who may be struggling with the same confusing issues around introducing dietary supplements into their daily routine.

Supplement Type:
First we can talk about the SIZE the minerals are measured in. It seems to me that a liquid would absorb faster than a capsule, tablet, or powder. The capsules, powder, and tablets have to process through the digestive system to be digested and broken down by our bodies to absorb any of the mineral. According to Livestrong Magazine, the pill form of dietary supplements are only 5-20% absorbed by the body. The liquid form, that is angstrom sized – or cell ready, doesn?›ƒ?ªƒ?›t make it through the digestive system. It is absorbed directly into the bloodstream due to the angstrom size instead. All liquids are not created equal. There are many kinds of magnesium supplements available today. I checked into several conversion charts that could tell us what measurement would be the smallest to answer my question of what measurement is the smallest. Angstrom sized is the most cell-ready and the smallest. Remember, just because it is a liquid supplement, it does not necessarily mean it is angstrom sized. Some liquids boast about being ?›ƒ?ª?nano?›ƒ?ª? or ?›ƒ?ª?pico?›ƒ?ª? sized. According to conversion charts that I checked, those sizes are still larger than the angstrom measurement. When referencing the size, it is my opinion that by going with one that is angstrom sized would be the best choice for the most efficient absorption for the body.
Ionic is being used frequently as well. This word is in reference to how the mineral is bonded. It will be considered to either be a covalent bond or an ionic bond.

Supplement’s Concentration:
As well as the ?›ƒ?ª?size?›ƒ?ª? factor, there are different concentrations to consider. It is critical to understand and be aware of the concentration of the product and the milligrams (mg) per serving, especially when comparing brands etc. Some have mentioned that they were taking a certain amount of a specific mineral and thought that would be all they needed to know about the measurement they would go with. Every type of mineral is packaged according to that specific brand?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s concentration levels. It is important to know how much of the elemental mineral you are actually absorbing per serving. Minerals can also be labeled as regular strength or professional strength. You should be sure to know the difference.

Symptoms of Deficiency:
There are a variety of tests to help you best determine your deficiency levels. These tests can also show conflicting results for each mineral depending on whether they are most accurately measured in the blood or in the cells. Magnesium for example is measured best cellularly. Often times, a blood test will give normal results while a cellular test will show clearly a deficiency. Testing can be confusing, but is essential to accurately determine what your body may need. On the other hand, Iron will give accurate results in a blood test. I believe it is very important to become very aware of the signs and symptoms of deficiencies that exist for each mineral, as well as the variety types of testing to help you best determine the minerals you may need and the dosages you may individually require. If a person is just slightly deficient, many times, it could be adequate to supplement with a maintenance level serving size. If a person has the experience of more serious issues linking to a specific deficiency, they may need more or less the amount of the mineral to correct unique circumstances as a result of their symptoms. This would surely be something to be discussed with your healthcare professional, whether it is a doctor who is knowledgeable in nutrition or someone who maybe specializes in nutritional healing.

I myself don?›ƒ?ªƒ?›t really like having other ingredients or fillers the dietary supplements I am taking personally! I opt to just have the mineral itself and how much of it is there. This helps me to achieve a couple of things to put my mind more at ease. I will feel assured that I am only getting what I need in the specific mineral I am taking, as well as believing there will be less of a risk in perhaps experiencing the undesirable side effects that sometimes occur from taking that certain supplement. Be certain to read the list of ingredients as you consider which supplement to choose.

Some wonder why we just don’t get the minerals we need in the food we eat. As great as it would be to obtain all of the minerals through a healthy diet, we just don’t seem to be able to pull that off in today?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s crazy busy world. We have let our lives get so busy, that it has become easy to get in the habit of eating convenience foods, fast foods, and processed foods. It can be time consuming to prepare the right kinds of foods and even then, there may not be enough of the minerals left to absorb. Each persons specific health needs are unique and will require different levels of the mineral.

I am not a doctor or healthcare provider, so I cannot advise, prescribe, or recommend products for issues a person may be experiencing. However, I feel like taking responsibility for achieving our own health and wellness goals is important. It is my personal determination that the angstrom sized liquid minerals are the best choice for me in taking dietary supplements. For magnesium specifically, it means better absorption without the frustrating side effect of diarrhea!

I hope this article has been helpful in answering some of the questions you may have in regards to choosing the best magnesium supplement for you!

Stephanie Barton


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