svallee asked: Hi Morley, I was wondering if taking oral supplemental Mg daily can cause reduced stomach acid (not something I want to do and I suspect this may be happening). Knowing that Milk of Magnesia reduces stomach acid, I was wondering if other oral forms can have this effect too...over time? The supplement I have here is Mag Biglycinate each tablet providing 100mg. of elemental Mg. Thank you!
Great question. We are “wired” as a species to replenish our Mg each and every day. It is NOT a nutrient that gets topped off and then we can stop working on it. It is constantly being consumed by our daily metabolic needs. The article noted below is a fascinating read and underscores what our forefathers knew — Milk of Magnesia is a wonderful way to replenish Mg. Keep in mind it’s also quite effective at loosening your bowels, so please use with discretion. My experience is that the Oral Mg products do not reduce stomach acid. The one thing to keep in mind is that Zinc and Mg need to be taken at different times as they conflict with each other. Also, keep in mind that Zinc is essential in the enzymatic reaction to make HCl acid.
Hope that helps! Good luck…