Magnesium citrate is a safe and bioavailable source of magnesium, combined as an ionic salt with citric acid. Both magnesium and citric acid play important roles in human metabolism.
Dietary magnesium is required by every cell in the body and is a necessary component in hundreds of metabolic processes. Magnesium supports muscle, immune and nerve function, and energy transport. Magnesium functions as a cofactor in many biochemical reactions. Magnesium is also a coordinating ion for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) , the main carrier of metabolic energy in the body. Magnesium is also required for biosynthetic processes such as glycolysis, formation of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), energy-dependent membrane transport, and transmission of genetic code for protein synthesis.
Citric acid is a component of the Citric Acid Cycle, an energetic process that takes place in mitochondria and produces two thirds of the food-derived energy in higher organisms.
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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
1) Measure a scant 1 tsp Magnesium Citrate (2600 mg)
2) Add the juice of 1/2 lemon (1 ½ Tbsp), or add 1/4 tsp (1550 mg) Citric Acid powder.
3) Add 4-8 fluid ounces almost boiling hot water between 158° F (70°C) to 212° F (100°C).
4) Stir for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until water turns clear.
5) Add sugar or sweetener to taste.
6) Cool with ice or cold water, bringing total to about 12 fluid ounces
Do I need to dissolve Magnesium Citrate Powder into a liquid for it to be absorbed by the body?
It probably doesn't make a huge difference for most people, but dissolving Magnesium Citrate powder first can help increase bioavailability and reduce the side effects of intestinal upset, bloating and nausea.
Please consider that Magnesium Citrate is more highly soluble at lower pH levels and hot water. In fact, all retail Magnesium Citrate products have additives to adjust the pH of the powder in solution to about 4 or less (quite sour tasting). The particle size of the powder can also impact whether it dissolves faster (at smaller particle sizes) or slower (at coarser particle sizes).
Because we don't use or include additives with our bulk Magnesium Citrate powder it does not readily dissolve when added to water. It will appear cloudy and settle to the bottom of the glass without dissolving but can be consumed in suspension after mixing.
To get it to thoroughly dissolve add an acidic compound and hot water. The most common acid used for this purpose is citric acid, the same substance that makes lemon juice sour. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to your Magnesium Citrate serving in hot water.
If you don't add hot water or lemon juice it may still dissolve, aided by the low pH of your stomach when taken with a major meal.
Taken on an empty stomach without first dissolving the powder may or may not work well, depending upon your own stomach acid level. If acid levels are low and do not dissolve the Magnesium Citrate, bioavailability could be lost and gastrointestinal upset could occur if the undissolved powder enters the gut