Well, I feel that I have to write another post on magnesium supplements, as a follow-up on my previous post. Sorry if I’m sounding like a broken record.
I had been taking the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate but it seems to have been less effective again, so because, supposedly, magnesium glycinate is even more effective in absorption and bioavailability, I decided to give the glycinate a try again.
As I had written before, I had the KAL magnesium glycinate, but I didn’t like certain side effects, and the Labdoor review of that gave it a low grade for purity. So I have been taking the WFM 365 magnesium glycinate. But that’s causing some sort of side effects as well now, including having laxative effects, which I don’t want. It’s not supposed to do that.
The 365 magnesium glycinate has “GMP” on the label which means “Good Manufacturing Practices,” but it isn’t poof of passing any actual testing. However, if something has “USP” on the label then that stands for “United States Pharmacopeia,” and means it has passed actual tests for quality and purity. For example, the Nature Made magnesium citrate has that “USP Dietary Supplement Verified” on its label.
The WFM 365 magnesium glycinate is 3 tablets per serving, that adds up to 400 mg of magnesium. So I assume that’s 133 mg per tablet. So, that compares to the KAL magnesium glycinate at only 2 tablets adding up to 400 mg of magnesium.
Hmmm, I guess with the 365 that’s like saying the equivalent of one of those 3 tablets is all filler? (i.e. those “other ingredients,” microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, hypromellose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, and the notorious silicon dioxide.) Why is this?
So, I got a new bottle of the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate with a new expiration date (and it has been my experience that the newer date has been better). So I’ll be taking that again. And I might also try that Nature Made mentioned above that has “USP” on the label. I see online that the other Nature Made magnesium products do NOT have “USP” on the label, and Labdoor reviews two of those, both of which have a high grade for label accuracy and nutritional value, but a terrible, low grade for purity and safety. (However, for the Nature Made magnesium citrate, 2 softgels is one serving at 250 mg. It also contains “medium chain triglycerides.” That could have a negative effect on my digestive issues.)
But this is very frustrating, because I can’t have those important vegetables for magnesium for muscles, nerves, and joint health. I do have a baked potato for dinner without skin. I believe the insides of the potato is half soluble and half insoluble fiber, but it hasn’t been a problem. If only there were some other vegetable I could have that’s high in magnesium but low in insoluble fiber. I do get some magnesium from my beloved carrot juice, but not enough per day, though.
And I’m not going to order supplements online and have them delivered. I have to get it in a store. That’s my own self-imposed limitations and refusal to risk getting things online that I will be ingesting internally.