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andreflex7

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Whole Food based vs. Synthetic vitamins/minerals
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:41:41 am »
Example:  is it true that.... say...... 50mg of whole food based Magnesium is more potent than 500mg of synthetic Magnesium?

Somewhere along the line, I have heard that we don't absorb as much of any vitamins or minerals that we take in pill form. For example, if we take 500mg of Magnesium, our body only absorbs a portion of that. How much... I am not sure.

Has anyone else heard this before?
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Re: Whole Food based vs. Synthetic vitamins/minerals
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 06:57:39 am »
I have and mostly only use WHOLE FOOD vitamins it's true it's equivilent to more.
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Re: Whole Food based vs. Synthetic vitamins/minerals
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 09:23:39 am »
You need to take it on case-by-case basis. Some vitamins/minerals in some forms may be absorbed better than others. Many times it's better to take supplements with a meal for absorption and complementary effects. In general it's recommended to get all important nutrients from food, but that's not always possible. I'd be skeptical of that specific 10-to-1 claim about magnesium—seems unlikely.
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Re: Whole Food based vs. Synthetic vitamins/minerals
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 09:21:44 am »
You need to take it on case-by-case basis. Some vitamins/minerals in some forms may be absorbed better than others. Many times it's better to take supplements with a meal for absorption and complementary effects. In general it's recommended to get all important nutrients from food, but that's not always possible. I'd be skeptical of that specific 10-to-1 claim about magnesium—seems unlikely.

the reason I ask is because I am taking the MegaFood brand of Magnesium & it literally only has 50mg of Magnesium in each capsule (whole food based).... where as almost every other synthetic form has in the hundreds... usually around 500mg per capsule.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 11:19:43 am »
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the reason I ask is because I am taking the MegaFood brand of Magnesium & it literally only has 50mg of Magnesium in each capsule (whole food based).... where as almost every other synthetic form has in the hundreds... usually around 500mg per capsule.

I haven't found particular claims about rates of absorption, but even if your 50 mg yeast-based supplement were the best-absorbed, my bet is that a mediocre 500 mg supplement will still deliver many times as much magnesium. Probably even a typical 100 mg supplement would deliver more.
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