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Re: Hope you don't mind...some more Mg questions:) :) bluedog

Posted by Larry Hoover on March 30, 2003, at 10:46:57

In reply to Hope you don't mind...some more Mg questions:) :) Larry Hoover, posted by bluedog on March 30, 2003, at 10:21:10

> Larry
> Thankyou for your response to my last questions
> Could I trouble you with a couple more questions.

No trouble. :-)

> 1) When you answered that the magnesium amino acid chelate in the product I take is probably glycine does this mean that it's actually magnesium glycinate and therefore a beneficial form of magnesium?

It's just a guess. I hope you don't get too hung up on the issue. Pure glycine is more expensive to produce than is an amino acid blend (from hydrolyzed protein). Chelated magnesium dissolves readily in the stomach, so that's why it's useful. Apart from that, the chelating substance (an ionic form of any amino acid) may also have some psychotropic effect, but the total dose is low, relatively speaking. I'm not convinced that a little aspartic acid or glutamic acid is going to have a significant effect, but it might in a particular individual. If you're sensitive to e.g. aspartame in diet drinks, you'd probably already know that, and it would be wise to avoid any substance with a similar chemistry.

> 2) Regarding your advice to top up my magnesium with another form, I can actually get the following tablets very cheaply at my local health food store
> I'm just wondering if you took out your calculator whether you would consider this product to be a safe or beneficial form of magnesium?

It seems like you're concerned about potentially taking something that might interfere with the benefits of magnesium, so that's why I suggested the chloride salt. Taking something which just says it's a chelate is a crap shoot in some respects. There is no way I can tell you what's really in these tablets, if it doesn't say on the label.

> 2) I forgot to ask you in my original questions what magnesium orotate is and whether this is also a beneficial or safe form (ie non toxic) form of magnesium?

Orotic acid is safe, and the salt is quite soluble, so it's a good source of magnesium in that respect. However, I doubt the additional expense is worth it, all things considered, when magnesium chloride is available.

> 3) I read somewhere that magnesium orotate is actually the best absorbed form of magnesium. Is this true?

By a couple of percentage points, according to some sources. Again, any advantage is trivial.

> Thanks for your patience once again Larry
> regards
> bluedog

No problem. If I may close with a summary statement: Taking a magnesium supplement, any supplement, is better than not taking one at all.





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