Posted by Questionmark on March 7, 2003, at 21:48:43
Alright, i'm sick of all the contradictory freaking information out there! i've read different sources that say that when taking a mineral supplement one should get a good formulation or whatever (e.g., Calcium citrate or whatever instead of just Ca carbonate, or Mg glycinate instead of Mg oxide). They say that some forms of a mineral compound (or wtvr.) are absorbed much, much better then other forms. Then i read other things that say that it doesn't matter what ion (or whatever) a mineral is bound to (like Mg oxide would be just as good as Mg glycinate, in regard to absorbtion). They say that in the digestive system the mineral compound is seperated anyway (like Mg oxide into Mg2+ ion or something). So does anyone know who the heck is right??? Does anyone KNOW?! Is it better to get a certain formulation of a mineral (Mg, in particular) or does it not matter? Are some formulations absorbed better than others? (Also, i'm just talking about with a supplement. i know that nutrients from a food source are probably much better absorbed than from just a supplement). Finally, in relation to Mg and Ca, does an anxious depressed person want to just get more magnesium, or more calcium And magnesium? Is this whole 2:1 Ca-Mg ratio a good standard, or is this just a crock of balogna? If anyone could answer some of this, and state reasons for your answers (i.e., answer "why?"), it would be most appreciated. Mucho thanks in advance.