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Does Calcium Affect Magnesium Absorption?

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We received a message from a Gluten Free Works Health Guide Subscriber yesterday that read, “In ‘calcium deficiency’ it says that calcium hinders absorption of magnesium. But information from doctors and general info always state to take these together because they support one another. Why do you recommend not taking them together?”

The subscriber presented a common sense point. She is seeing information that conflicts with what the Health Guide states. So, what is the deal? Which is correct?

Here is my response, “Calcium interferes with magnesium absorption by taking up receptor sites. If both calcium and magnesium are present in the intestine, the calcium will take precedence and be absorbed. “In one study, addition of 300 to 1000 mg of calcium to the diet decreased magnesium absorption significantly in participants consuming an average of 370 of dietary magnesium daily. While it is true that calcium and magnesium do support each other in the body, the conventional wisdom doesn’t take absorption into account.”

There are two concepts here: 1) absorption and 2) action once in the body. Calcium does interfere with magnesium absorption so take them separately. Calcium and magnesium work together once they have been absorbed into the body, so you need enough of each.

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About John Libonati

John Libonati
Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com & The Gluten Free Works Health Guide. Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.
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