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Proper balance of calcium, magnesium, and potassium intake


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    Proper balance of calcium, magnesium, and potassium intake

    Does anyone know the ratios you should be taking for these three minerals? I've always just guessed.

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    MS? W6?

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    took a few minutes and found this on the web.

    "The ideal ratio of calcium to magnesium to potassium varies from person to person, depending on each individual’s unique biochemical requirements. There are no scientific studies to suggest what an average ideal ratio might be for the population at large. Recommended ratios are usually based on educated opinions.

    There is some general agreement that a ratio of calcium to magnesium of 2:1 in supplements may be desirable. A few experts recommend a 1:1 ratio. Supplementary potassium is usually ignored, because it is assumed that most diets provide enough of this mineral without the need for supplements. Technically, this is true. But there is benefit to adding potassium to mineral supplements because the potassium helps the body to make better utilization of the calcium and magnesium in those supplements.

    When all factors are considered, for most adults the ideal ratio of calcium to magnesium to potassium in a broad spectrum vitamin-mineral supplement is probably about 8:5:4. This needs to be changed to 4:5:4 in supplements whose primary purpose is the dissolving of arterial plaque – the relatively higher magnesium in that case is needed to dissolve the calcium that is released from the arterial deposits.

    For a supplement containing only calcium, magnesium and potassium the ideal ratio is probably about 1:1:1. That is because this kind of supplement is used for individuals whose need for these electrolyte minerals is higher than can be met from other supplements. Since there is more variability in magnesium and potassium requirements than for calcium, the 1:1:1 ratio may be effectively utilized by the greatest number of people."

    hope that helps.

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    You're awesome BigNate! Thanks!

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