Nearly a year ago I was diagnosed with osteopenia, which is a thinning of the bones. My bone loss was not to the state of osteoporosis, but I did have bone loss nonetheless. My doctor put me on a regimen of supplements, which includes magnesium. She told me to take 300-400 milligrams of magnesium three times a day, or until my stools were “comfortably loose”.
She recommended ionic magnesium, which comes in a powder form that you mix with water. From time to time I also experimented with different brands of magnesium that came in capsule form. The brand that I was using came in 100 mg form, and I was taking three of them every morning, which resulted in loose stools. I talked to my doctor about this, and told her there was no way I would be able to take this dosage three times a day, and she replied I probably had a sensitive stomach.
When I was getting my medications and vitamins ready for my two month long trip, I wanted to condense what I was bringing, and I found the TwinLab brand of magnesium at my local Fred Meyer store, and these came in a 400 mg capsule that I decided to try.
TwinLab Magnesium Caps claim to be “High Potency” and “Natural”, and the dark colored glass bottle holds 100 capsules. These measure about three quarters of an inch in length and are easy to swallow. In fact, the label on the back side of the bottle reads “TwinLab Magnesium Caps are easier to swallow and assimilate. Well tolerated by most highly allergic individuals”.
The label also lets the consumer know that TwinLab Magnesium Caps contain no tablet binders, coatings or colorings. They claim to contain no corn, soy, yeast, rice, barley, wheat, lactose, citrus, fish and egg products, which are common allergens. They do not have any flavorings, sugars, salt, artificial sweeteners, colorings, preservatives, or salicylates.
One capsule contains 400 mg magnesium, as magnesium oxide. Other ingredients are gelatin, potato starch, magnesium silicate, purified water, medium chain triglycerides, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium aspartate, and silica. The directions say to take one capsule daily, and the product should be stored in a cool, dry place.
For the past two weeks I have been taking one of these 400 mg TwinLab Magnesium Caps every morning, and they are not having the same effect that taking 300 mg of my other brand had. Taking my other caps generally meant having a bowel movement within a few hours. There are many days that I have to take two of the 400 mg TwinLab Magnesium Caps to get this same effect. Maybe it is just my body, but the TwinLab brand does not work well for me, and because of this I cannot personally recommend these supplements.