We’ve all heard that we need calcium for strong bones, preventing osteoporosis, easing muscle cramps and basic cellular function. Equally prevalent advice from health experts exposes that most of us are magnesium deficient. However, most people are unaware that magnesium and calcium should be taken at different times in the day for fundamental absorption of each mineral.
Spacing the intake of each mineral allows the body to properly absorb magnesium and calcium for appropriate distribution to your body’s cells and tissues. In fact, taking magnesium and calcium together can make make matters worse because calcium can interfere with the absorption of magnesium.
Most nutrition experts recommend taking a one to one ratio of magnesium to calcium. Current medical literature from experts reports that people may be getting too much calcium in their diets between their intake of foods and supplements. Taking adequate magnesium can help counteract the calcium overload and promote a healthy heart and overall cardiovascular health.
Magnesium should be taken in the morning and before bedtime for better utilization, relaxation, and improved sleep. Calcium should be taken during the day so the magnesium already working in your body will help you absorb the calcium.
The reason for separating the timing to take each mineral is that calcium acts an antagonist to magnesium absorption.
That’s why taking a calcium and magnesium supplement together is not the best way to get both of these important minerals, despite what many will tell you. In fact, you’ll find many magnesium and calcium combined supplements with good intention, but the manufactures are unaware of the science that too much calcium can interfere with the absorption of magnesium, especially those that contain calcium and magnesium oxide (which is poorly absorbed).
So the answer to how to make sure you are getting the correct and healthy amounts of magnesium and calcium? Take a highly absorbent magnesium supplement like Mag-Tab®SR in the morning and evening and during the day ingest a highly absorbent calcium supplement.