There are so many forms of various minerals like Magnesium that it’s hard to know which one to take. One form that is very well utilized is Chelated Magnesium, which is basically a form of Magnesium that is broken down so it’s easier to absorb and often has other nutrients added to further enhance the absorption.
Minerals in general are not very easy to absorb, so they have to be bonded with other nutrients or be taken with other things that enhance their absorption. One problem with this is that the more things you add to help the absorption, the less stuff you can fit into a pill. That’s one big reason that there are some forms of Magnesium or other minerals that have very low dosages, even as low as 1/10th of the RDA in a pill as the other things to help the absorption take up so much room in the pill.
This can be a great inconvenience when a supplement’s dosage requires taking multiple pills in a day, but the Chelated Magnesium gives a little more of a “happy medium” along those lines. Dosages typically range from 133 mg to 200 mg, which equates to 2-3 capsules per day to meet the RDA for Magnesium. The best part about that is that the number of pills is ideal for Calcium supplementation!
Specifically, Magnesium helps the absorption of the Calcium and the Calcium needs to be spread throughout the day (most commonly in 2-3 separate doses) for optimal absorption… with that dosage range, the Chelated Magnesium can be taken as 1 pill per Calcium dose to give the most ideal absorption towards your Calcium intake.