This was a trick question, as there is only one form of Magnesium. Magnesium is magnesium.
Let me explain
According to the supplement market, there are over 30 different “forms” of Magnesium. There are various forms that people can buy for dietary supplementation, each giving off the impression that they are and should be referred to as a different “form” of magnesium. The truth is, there is no difference in the actual form of magnesium within the various supplements. There is only a difference in what the magnesium is bonded or attached to.
Pay attention to the 2nd word when looking at your current Magnesium supplement: “Citrate” in Magnesium Citrate, “Glycinate” in Magnesium Glycinate; Magnesium “Chloride”, Magnesium “Carbonate”, Magnesium “Gluconate”, Magnesium “Taurate”, Magnesium “Oxide” and plenty more listed HERE.
The only difference between these offerings truly is the 2nd word, which is what the magnesium is attached to, or synthetically chelated to.
Upon investigation, you would be astonished to discover that out of all these offerings of different forms of magnesium, absolutely none of them offer the food form magnesium as found naturally in food. NONE.
There is only one form of Magnesium, and it is simply called “Magnesium”. When you break down a potato and analyze the nutrients within it, you will find Magnesium. You will never find Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, and Magnesium Carbonate and so on within that potato, broccoli or spinach. It is only called and referred to as Magnesium. There is not a 2nd word there. It’s simply magnesium.
The Magnesium within our food is integrated within a food matrix similar to the interwoven fibers within a sweater. Magnesium, which is found in food, is “protein bound” meaning that the Magnesium is bound to a set of proteins that will deliver the magnesium to and within the cell. Magnesium, in food, is found as a complex system, with living parts.
And upon further breakdown, you will find that Magnesium is associated with several amino acids, or branch chain amino acids. Magnesium, in food, is never found attached only to a single amino acid such as glycine or lysine, as is sold with magnesium chelates. Magnesium is bound to all the amino acids, as they each play an important part in the absorption, integration, and utilization within the cell.
Magnesium in food is always found with amino acids: alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, serine, tyrosine, and valine.
The only kind of supplement that provides this same form of Magnesium that is deficient in our diet is a wholefood supplement. It sounds so simple, yet it is so easily overlooked. Wholefood supplements for Magnesium give you the whole team with the mineral, proteins, fatty acids, amino acids, while isolated supplements only give you a quarterback, without any other members of his team. With chelated supplements, you only would have a quarterback and water boy.
Because wholefood Magnesium supplements have all the components of food, the results are a form that is identical to magnesium in food, as it is food. Due to the appropriate nutrient packaging, wholefood supplements have been proven that they are in fact better absorbed, integrated, retained and utilized within the body as when compared to isolated magnesium and chelated magnesium.
With such high absorption and utilization, wholefood magnesium that is found at Grown By Nature actually provides more utilizable Magnesium for the body in a 30 mg tablet as when compared to those isolated or chelated supplements that are listed at 400mg or even higher.
When you take wholefood magnesium, you are actually replacing that which is missing in your diet. All other “forms” that are offered are lacking the components of food magnesium, and their result will be poor absorption, hardly any retention, and barely no utilization whatsoever, as they are lacking the life structure that is found within food nutrients.
"Utilization of synthetic chemicals is 1.5 - 2.5%; but then your body has to have the nutrients to get the other 98% of waste material out of the body." ~ Dr. Eric Lewellyn.
Man cannot create or manufacture his own nutrition