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Magnesium citrate is the active ingredient in Natural Calm. Natural Calm is made up of two ingredients; Magnesium Carbonate and Citric acid. Magnesium citrate is produced when Natural Calm's two ingredients are combined with hot water. The addition of hot water causes the carbonate in the magnesium carbonate to "fizz away" and the magnesium to combine with the citric acid producing magnesium citrate. The magnesium content of magnesium citrate corresponds to about 11%. The amount of citric acid added to Natural Calm is proprietary and is designed to enhance bioavailability. Magnesium (and all minerals) need to be in an acidic environment for the magnesium to be absorbed and Natural Calm has an ideal acidic content to allow for maximum bio-availability.
Magnesium citrate works best on an empty stomach ideally half hour before bed as food will dilute the acid content and reduce the absorbability. It is designed to be taken with 8oz (240ml) of water. Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate can be taken hot or cold but needs at least 1 oz (30 ml) of hot water to dissolve, then you can add more hot or cold water and enjoy. Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate has a citrus taste and most people find it pleasant. It comes as a plain magnesium citrate drink and also comes in three different flavors; orange, Raspberry-Lemon, and Sweet-Lemon. All the flavors are natural fruit flavors extracted from real fruit and sweetened with Stevia. This makes Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate all natural.
Magnesium Citrate is Alkalizing
After passing through the stomach (and stomach acids) and being hit with enzymes, what's left is an alkaline ash and the net result is that Natural Calm magnesium citrate is alkalizing to the body. Think of fire wood being burned up, what is left after the digestive fire? Citric Acid is a "weak" acid that is easily eliminated via sweat and respiration. It is alkaline forming in that it stimulates the formation of magnesium carbonate in the body. Magnesium carbonate then neutralizes the "strong" acids in the body, acids that can only be gotten rid of through urination, including uric acid which is the end result of protein metabolism. So Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate is the perfect pH balance to enhance the absorption of magnesium and alkalizing the body.
Magnesium Citrate Has Two Main Functions
Magnesium citrate has two main functions; one to restore magnesium levels to an optimal level, the second is to help keep you regular. Once your body absorbs what it can, it puts the rest into the colon. The Magnesium citrate works by attracting water through the colon's tissues by osmosis. Once in the intestine, it attracts water into the intestine to induce defecation. The additional water helps to create more feces, which naturally stimulates bowel movement. This means it can also be used to treat rectal and colon problems. Magnesium citrate is generally not a harmful substance, but care should be taken to consult with a health professional if any adverse health problems are suspected or felt.
The optimal amount of magnesium citrate to take is where your bowels are comfortably loose. Natural Calm magnesium citrate should never be taken long term as a substitute for a poor diet.
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