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How Magnesium Multitasks in the Body

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Essential Takeaways

  • Magnesium helps with a balanced mood, higher quality sleep, relaxation, and improved muscle function.
  • Although magnesium is found in all whole foods, none are rich in it, and it is easily removed by refining, processing and cooking.

Magnesium is a jack-of-all-trades nutrient, participating in a vital way in just about anything and everything our body does. Unfortunately, there are four issues with Magnesium that make it a problem child in the essential nutrient world.


Although Magnesium is found in all whole foods, none are rich in it, and it is easily removed by refining, processing and cooking. Most of us do not get what we are supposed to out of our diet. In fact, the latest and largest human studies reported by the USDA find that almost all American women (teens to seniors) don't get the Daily Value, even when they add supplements to the mix.


You need a big amount of Magnesium compared to other essential micronutrients, second only to Calcium. That means it usually takes an entire pill to get a decent amount, no matter which form is used. That translates to more and/or larger pills, which most people do not want.


Magnesium isn’t the most readily absorbed compound, and it frequently interacts poorly with other nutrients, blocking some and being blocked by others. Certain forms are well-absorbed, and others are not. The difference between just enough and too much is slim, making it one of the more notoriously difficult components to add to optimize our health.


Some forms (inorganic salts) have a high percentage of Magnesium (25-60%, which makes for smaller pills), but these often have other problems that make them tough to turn into pills. Easier-to-work-with forms (organic chelates) contain a lower percentage (5-10%) of Magnesium, making for bigger and/or more pills. Sadly, because they cost less, most vitamin products opt for a small amount of inorganic forms, the worst of all worlds.

Ritual's Magnesium is from Dimagnesium Malate, a chelated form of Magnesium. Chelated minerals mimic the forms minerals take when inside our cells (which are many and ever-changing). Magnesium is used throughout the body in all cells for many vital functions. One is to stabilize and activate enzyme activity (over 300 known and counting). Another is to stabilize ATP, the energy molecule used to run enzymes and everything else cells do. Magnesium also interacts with calcium to help other nutrients/wastes get into or be removed by cells.

Dimagnesium Malate is a more potent chelate form of Magnesium, with human study evidence of good absorption into the bloodstream.