The small mineral 1x1
Organic or inorganic - that is the question!
Magnesium and iron are minerals that our body needs in relatively high doses every day in order to run smoothly. Of course, the best way to get the necessary dose of these important minerals is through our daily diet. In the case of magnesium, this means through legumes, bananas and grains such as quinoa and amaranth. We find iron more in red meat, legumes and vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and chives. Although we find many foods that provide our body with magnesium and iron, a deficiency of these minerals can occur. Be it because we don't always eat as varied and balanced a diet as we should, because external factors such as stress and physical strain wear on us or we simply have an increased need for them,
In these cases, it can make sense to make more magnesium and minerals available to the body with the help of nutritional supplements in order to prevent deficiency symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and a strain on various metabolic processes. If we do this, we should not only make sure that the nutritional supplement is as natural as possible, without preservatives and uncontaminated by added sweeteners or flavors, but also in what form magnesium and iron are contained.
All life is chemistry
In nature there are compounds that our human body can absorb more easily and others that it is not so easy to absorb. When it comes to magnesium and iron, this is particularly easy to explain and particularly important to know. Magnesium and iron do not enter the body in pure form, but always as a compound, which is an organic or inorganic compound, depending on which element they are connected to.
Examples of organic compounds are citrates, lactates and gluconates. Examples of inorganic compounds would be oxides or carbonates. It has been proven that the human body can break down the first three organic compounds much better and thus make the desired magnesium and iron usable for the body than is the case with inorganic compounds.
To put it simply, you could draw the following picture to explain it: If we take 10 units of inorganic magnesium compounds, we end up excreting 6 of them. If we do the same with organic compounds, we only eliminate 3 of them. So the body has absorbed and utilized 4 and 7 of 10 units. So, from the same dose of magnesium, we end up benefiting much more from that taken in the form of organic compounds. The situation is very similar with iron, so you should definitely pay attention to the type of compound when shopping in the future, especially for nutritional supplements that contain these two minerals.