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How much magnesium glycinate should i take against 600mg of elemental calcium (carbonate) and 400iu vitamin d3 for osteoporosis?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley answered

Specializes in General Practice

Normal and safe intake of elemental magnesium is 500 mg. Magnesium oxide undesirable since less than 20% of magnesium is absorbed. Magnesium gluconate or other organic chelate like aspartate or oratate is preferable, with better absorption profile. Important figure is not weight of entire chelated compound, because Amino Acid is heavier than oxide. Go by the "elemental" magnesium on the label.

Answered Aug 30, 2016



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Dr. Randy Baker answered

Specializes in Holistic Medicine

There is no consensus. Some experts advise a 2:1 ratio of cal. To mag others advise a 1:2 ratio. I feel a 1:1 ratio is reasonable. Calcium carbonate is relatively poorly absorbed; citrate is much better. Mag glycinate is well-absorbed. Most adults need 5000 iu of d in fall ; winter for optimal levels. I advise adding vit k to your regime-see http://bit.Ly/1a48ofs ; http://bit.Ly/18qtb7y.

Answered Mar 16, 2014



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