The Truth Behind Magnesium Supplementation

The Truth Behind Magnesium Supplementation

There are numerous amounts of magnesium supplements available on the market today. How do you know which is the correct supplement for you? While many other magnesium companies boast hundreds – sometimes thousands – of milligrams per dosage, what percentage of magnesium are you really receiving?   Are there any discomforting side effects as a result of your magnesium selection?

At 180 Degree Nutritionals, we realized that magnesium absorption was the key to producing the highest quality product available today – BioCalm™ Superior Anti-Stress Formula.

Magnesium Bisglycinate is considered the most highly absorbed form of magnesium, and is composed of specific magnesium ions that bond to the amino acid glycine, forming the compound “Glycinate.” Glycine facilitates superior absorption inside the body’s digestive tract due to the active transport systems employed by intestinal cells to absorb amino acids. Without this active transport system, minerals will generally diffuse before penetrating the gut wall, rendering a poor absorption rate within the cells. This is typically the reason many supplement companies overcompensate for poor absorption rates with excessive magnesium dosages, which often result in diarrhea and various bowel disorders.

Bioavailability refers to the direct amount of elemental magnesium absorbed by the body. Many magnesium producers use oxide in their mineral compounds, as oxide contains the highest elemental magnesium (60%). However, it also has a high stability constant – meaning that is does not dissociate (or ionize) – rendering it an extremely poor source for bioavailability, with less than 4% gut absorption. Magnesium oxide is a cheap, sub-standard form of magnesium that only yields roughly 12 mg of elemental magnesium out of a 500 mg tablet (4%). Below is a list of the shortcomings of various magnesium products on the market today:


  1. Magnesium Oxide: Poor Bioavailability at 4%; produces a laxative effect
  2. Magnesium Citrate: Higher Bioavailability, but creates a abdominal discomfort; produces a laxative effect; higher acidic content
  3. Magnesium Sulfate: Known as “Epsom Salt”; Bioavailability is limited; creates a laxative effect
  4. Magnesium Carbonate: Strong laxative effect; moderate Bioavailability; conversion is dependent upon higher stomach acid levels.
  5. Magnesium Taurate: For some individuals, taurate has proven difficult to digest and utilize due to it’s tightly-woven chemical structure.


In direct contrast, BioCalm™ Superior Anti-Stress Formula boasts 15-20 times more bioavailable than other magnesium products – meaning it will be much more readily absorbed into the system and thus provide greater overall effect and benefit. In addition, many companies buffer their magnesium products with magnesium oxide in order to boost elemental magnesium content. This is a common strategy designed to deceive the consumer as to the type/amount of magnesium in their product. Remember: higher magnesium dosages does not necessarily translate into higher bioavailability or effectiveness.

180 Degree Nutritionals utilizes nutritionally functional mineral chelates from Albion Minerals, the worldwide leader of the amino acid mineral chelate process. Albion has identified glycine as the preferred molecule for its organic chelated magnesium, allowing for direct transport into the cells. Albion Minerals has created a patented 6-Stage Chelated Process, allowing BioCalm™ the greatest biological advantage available today.


2019-01-31T00:44:45+00:00 By |Magnesium Blogs|

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