3 Reasons to use a Magnesium Chelate vs Magnesium Oxide

We are exposed to so many various magnesium products, it really is hard to understand the value concepts of each product. We have simplified the basic understanding of the most widely used form of Magnesium: as Magnesium Oxide,  and a Magnesium chelate.

Magnesium chelate is a form of magnesium supplement where the magnesium ion is bound to an amino acid, while magnesium oxide is a commonly used form of magnesium supplement that is made by combining magnesium with oxygen. Here are the top 3 benefits of magnesium chelate over magnesium oxide:

  1. Better absorption: Magnesium chelate has a higher absorption rate than magnesium oxide, which means that more magnesium can be absorbed by the body from chelated supplements. This is because chelated magnesium is better able to survive the digestive process and be absorbed into the bloodstream, while magnesium oxide can be poorly absorbed and may cause digestive upset.

  2. Lower risk of side effects: Magnesium oxide can cause gastrointestinal side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, and cramping, especially when taken in high doses. Magnesium chelate, on the other hand, is less likely to cause these side effects, even at higher doses.

  3. More bioavailable: Magnesium chelate is more bioavailable than magnesium oxide, meaning that it is better utilized by the body. This is because chelated magnesium is more easily recognized by the body as a natural substance, and is therefore more readily absorbed and utilized for various biological processes.

Overall, magnesium chelate is considered to be a superior form of magnesium supplement due to its higher absorption rate, lower risk of side effects, and greater bioavailability compared to magnesium oxide.

HydraMag® will ALWAYS use a magnesium chelate due to these benefits.