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Best Form of Magnesium

By Tuesday, 29 July 2014 05:13 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Q: You recommend adding magnesium to distilled water. What form and source should I use?
— Charley K., Bossier City, La.
A: I use magnesium citrate/malate, which I remove from the capsule. You can use magnesium citrate as well. I use a fourth of a capsule to each gallon of water. This will add sufficient magnesium, but will not affect the water’s taste. Magnesium is one of the most important elements in water for preventing cardiovascular diseases and protecting the brain.
Q: What’s the difference between alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and alpha lipoic acid?
— Richard C., Los Angeles, Calif.
A: Alpha-linolenic acid is a fat (oil) found in flaxseed oil and alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant chemical found naturally in the body. Alpha-linolenic acid is a type of omega-3 oil that is converted to DHA and EPA in the body by a series of complex enzymatic steps. Babies and those with chronic illnesses, as well as many otherwise healthy people, cannot convert enough of the ALA oil to these beneficial oils. In these cases, higher doses of ALA can actually make inflammation worse rather than better.
Q: What are your suggestions for chronic allergies?
— David S., Fairfax, Va.
A: There are a number of supplements and nutraceuticals that can reduce allergic reactions. Most important are quercetin, curcumin, vitamin D3, omega-3 oils (especially DHA), vitamin C and magnesium. All are known to reduce inflammation and some reduce the release of histamine and other harmful chemicals from mast cells. Vitamin D3, in a dose of 5,000 IU a day, reduces immune over-reactivity, and vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory and reduces mast-cell activity.
Maintaining your gut probiotics also protects you against immune over-activity. Ellagic acid and ferulic acid (antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables) reduce inflammation as well.

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Q: You recommend adding magnesium to distilled water. What form and source should I use? — Charley K., Bossier City, La.
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