A 26-year-old male asked:
i heard magnesium & iron compete for absorption. is it safe to take a magnesium & iron supplement together? if not, how long should i wait in between?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Randy Baker answered
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
It depends,safe,why?: Poorly absorbed forms of magnesium like mag. Oxide interfere with iron absorption whereas water-soluble forms like mag. Aspartate may not interfere- see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8024640 it's safe to take together but might be prudent to take 2 hours apart. But iron deficiency is rare in men, even in men with anemia. I advise against men taking iron unless you're sure you're deficient.
Answered on Jun 18, 2019
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