What exactly is ionization?
We speak of an ionized molecule when the ion is pure and separated from the source structure. In most cases, an ionized molecule is more easily assimilated by the body because a part of the “digestion” work is already done.
In liquid supplements, water soluble molecules will be naturally ionized during fabrication. The product is known as a “solution”.
Products that are in “suspension” are not, completely nor partially, ionized because some elements are not water soluble. This is the case with liposoluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) or calcium carbonate for example.
A clue to determine if the product is ionized: it will be very liquid, like water, without any deposits. If the product is thick or has the consistency of a gel, there is no doubt that one (or many) of the elements that it contains is not soluble. The separation will then have to be done by the body.
Note: a solution may also become saturated if the quantity of molecules is too high, which will also create deposits.
Magnesium chloride is made up of a magnesium ion linked to a chlorine ion. As it is a soluble source, the link disassociated upon contact with water. The magnesium ions are therefore free within the solution and are ready to be assimilated by the body.
What are the potential causes of magnesium deficiency?
- Other than insufficient dietary supply, other causes may lead to magnesium deficiency:
- Taking certain long term medications that increase the elimination of magnesium through the urine: diuretics, certain antibiotics (dentamicin, amphotericin) and cyclosporin (immunosuppressant).
- Poor intestinal absorption of magnesium caused by Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or intestinal surgery.
- Taking oral contraceptions, estrogens or cisplatin (chemotherapy medication).
Why chose a mineral supplement that is ionized?
Based on the principle that an ionized mineral is an element that is either negatively or positively charged. This means that, on a molecular level, this element has either too many or not enough electrons. This ionic instability allows the element to rapidly establish a link with water, in turn, allowing the body to absorb it. The instability of the element, which is constantly striving for balance, is a dynamic source that translates into easier mobility for nutrients in order to reach the parts of the body that need it. We can only benefit from minerals if we are able to absorb them properly. This normally happens in the small intestines. When the alimentary bolus passes through the small intestines, the minerals join the bloodstream by passing through the intestinal walls. Only the ionically charged minerals can pass into the bloodstream. Although stomach acids help to ionize minerals from food sources, a mineral based dietary supplement should supply naturally ionized minerals that are effectively absorbed.