Magnesium Chelate (Muscle Recovery)
Chelated forms of magnesium provide the best absorbency in comparison to non-chelated. Research published by the New York Headache Center3 suggests that 400 mg of chelated magnesium a day is especially helpful for pre-menstrual syndrome and foot and leg cramps. The researchers found that chelated magnesium also helped those who tend to have cold extremities (hands or feet) caused by environment or stress.
All types of magnesium supplements contain magnesium itself, which is referred to as “elemental” magnesium, plus another molecule that acts as a carrier for the mineral. The term “chelation” refers to the manner in which the elemental magnesium is chemically bound to the carrier. Chelated magnesium contains elemental magnesium as well as two or more other molecules that function as “carriers” for it. In this case, a blend of amino acids. Nonchelated magnesium, on the other hand, contains magnesium bound to a carrier by a single point of attachment.Most health experts agree that the benefits of chelated magnesium supplements include increased stability and superior bioavailability.4 This allows for more of the mineral to be effectively utilized by the body for the wide range of health benefits that magnesium confers.