Many of you often ask us the main differences between the types of magnesium, that mineral that has come to be on everyone's lips thanks to the great benefits it has shown for health and how common is magnesium deficit in today's society.
First of all, it is important to be clear that all magnesium, once it interacts with the hydrochloric acid present in the stomach, is transformed into chloride in order to be assimilated.
So today, we are going to solve doubts so that you know which Magnesium is most appropriate for you!
What is hydrochloric acid?
Hydrochloric acid is one of the strongest existing acids along with sulfuric and nitric and is one of the components of gastric juice. Its main functions are:
- Break down food.
- Release the digestive enzymes.
- Eliminate pathogens commonly found in food.
What are the differences between Magnesium Chloride, Carbonate and Lactate?
Mainly, they differ in chemical and organoleptic characteristics. And, consequently, due to its bioavailability and indications, make each preparation more or less relevant to the individual needs of each person.
Ana Maria Lajusticia began by recommending Magnesium Chloride, a bitter, pungent source of magnesium with an acidic pH. Precisely this last characteristic caused it to encounter the problem that people with a tendency to have heartburn had stomach discomfort when taking it. It was then that she looked for an alternative path and presented Magnesium Carbonate.
Magnesium Carbonate is a preparation with double benefits, since, having an alkaline pH, it not only acts as a mineral source but also as an antacid and stomach protector. It can even help against hyperhidrosis.
If carbonate is taken as a magnesium supplement but without suffering from heartburn, it should be taken with orange juice, lemon water, tomato juice or mixed with yogurt or in a salad. This is because, if it is taken only with water, without the need to neutralize the pH of the stomach, gas will be produced in the process of transformation to chloride and, with it, possible gastrointestinal discomfort. The combination with citrus and acidic foods causes said transformation to take place in the glass instead of in the epigastrium.
We must also highlight a very common issue related to taking these two products: their laxative effect. If you are wondering if it is something habitual or it only happens to you, you can stay calm, it is something normal. This occurs because part of the ingested magnesium ions are surrounded by water molecules present in the intestine and dragged to be eliminated through the stool, making it somewhat clearer.
Now is when the third preparation not yet mentioned takes center stage: Magnesium Lactate. It does not have a laxative effect and, therefore, can be taken even during diarrheal processes. It is often the source of choice for children and people with digestive problems (such as irritable bowel).
On the other hand, if you do not feel identified with the 3 previous options, we recommend Magnesium Total 5: 5 sources of magnesium with high bioavailability and low laxative effect, which prevents and combats muscle problems, strengthens tissues and contributes to having a vital attitude…for the whole family! And now also with Harpago, to relieve joint and muscle discomfort.
Remember that magnesium deficiency is one of the main causes of so much uncompensated stress, resulting in restlessness, discomfort, anxiety, irritability, cramps, contractures, unfounded fear and even phobias. Taking magnesium daily, therefore, you will be able to prevent or improve these problems and you will feel much better.
So, what type of magnesium is yours?