We’ve had out “Fasting Drops” for several months now – those have Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium with a balance of all 3 electrolytes, but some people want to supplement their Magnesium specifically. We have a solution for that! (yes, it’s a chemistry ‘dad joke’, sue me =): Mag Drops. It follows in the grand tradition of “Chris wants something for his own use so he’s going to introduce a product for that” -except THIS TIME it’s because Miriam wanted a magnesium supplement =). Each capful (1/2 teaspoon or 2.46ml) contains 200mg of magnesium as magnesium chloride. It’s already dissolved in solution and is easily absorbed. One thing to note: don’t go drinking several doses at the same time, that’s a bad idea; but a dose mixed into water, added to some food (like Keto Chow), and spread out over some time and you’ll be just fine!
It does have some sodium and potassium by virtue of those coming along for the ride in the solution, along with a little boron, sulfate, and other trace minerals. It’s like pink Himalayan salt that’s specially made for killing off muscle cramps! Like our Fasting Drops, Mag Drops comes in 2 sizes: a small pocket flask with 10 doses, and a big 100 dose refill bottle that comes with an empty pocket flask so you can have it on the go!
You can order Mag Drops here.
Day 22, past the half-way point! I started Macadamia Nut oil today. It REALLY adds a roasted macadamia nut flavor to the shake. The one I’m drinking now, the flavor is completely overpowered by the oil. I like macadamia nuts but I’m guessing that by the end of this week of doing the oil, I’m not going to want to eat the nuts for a few months, which is a shame. Got my blood tested today, sometime on Wednesday or so I’ll have those results and add them to the spreadsheet.
Let’s talk about Magnesium. Keto Chow 0.9 up to 1.5 used an off-the-shelf Magnesium/Calcium Citrate+D3 powder. Starting with version 1.9 and up through 2.0.2, we’ve been having magnesium citrate mixed in with the vitamin/mineral mix. Magnesium citrate has good bioavailability but has a downfall: in high doses (higher than you get doing Keto Chow 3x a day), it acts as a laxative. People who are sensitive to this effect, or are already on the edge of having “bowel issues” can have problems with the citrate. To fight that, we are switching from citrate to magnesium malate in Keto Chow 2.1. On top of that, I’m increasing the amount of magnesium. Keto Chow 1.9 had 693.3mg a day, 2.0 has 736mg a day, and 2.1 is slated to have 806mg a day. Essentially it’s 2.0 plus the amount of magnesium I was getting in the magnesium malate pills I took before bed. Yes, it’s entirely for my own personal benefit so I don’t have to take an extra pill at night =)
So why Malate? Well, the most common form of magnesium supplements is magnesium oxide. By weight, magnesium oxide is 60% magnesium which means you add 1000mg to your product and you can legitimately claim on the label that it contains 600mg of magnesium. It’s also exceedingly cheap. And… it sucks. Only about 4% of its elemental magnesium is absorbed from magnesium oxide. Let’s take the 736mg of magnesium a day in Keto Chow 2.0 – 4% of that would only be 29.4mg that your body would be able to actually absorb. The citrate version we currently use and the malate version of the future both are readily bioavailable and nearly completely absorbed. If you see a “health” product that uses magnesium oxide, put it down and run away because they plainly don’t care about your health and only want to make the label look good.