What is elemental magnesium?

What is elemental magnesium?

Magnesium is a vital mineral for several bodily functions and processes of well-being. Magnesium deficiency is often overlooked as a cause of numerous ailments, including low energy levels, muscle cramps, depression, fatigue and even diabetes. This natural mineral is available in certain foods, but in minute quantities that are shrinking steadily over time. Medical experts recommend using magnesium supplements for optimal health and improved well-being.

When looking for magnesium supplements, many consumers will come across the term ‘elemental magnesium’. This is an indication of the amount of magnesium that the body will absorb. Often, magnesium products will contain compounds such as magnesium oxide or magnesium hydroxide, so elemental magnesium is the term used to describe how much ‘pure’ magnesium will be absorbed by the body. 

Magnesium Café products offer the highest percentage of elemental magnesium on the market, which means that our customers get more ‘pure’ magnesium per dose. This holds several advantages for the mind and body, but also makes our products a cost-effective solution for people looking for the right supplements. For example, our Mag 2 powder contains 400mg of magnesium AAC but 250mg of that is elemental magnesium.

Why elemental magnesium is important

When any supplement is consumed, some of it is excreted through urine as waste. Not all the vitamins or minerals in common supplements are needed by the body, so it processes what it needs and gets rid of the excess. This is the same with magnesium supplements. The body absorbs a certain amount of the mineral from powdered supplements – which we often refer to as elemental magnesium.

It is the amount of actual magnesium that is absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach walls. Magnesium Café products have 250mg of elemental magnesium, which means that the body will absorb this volume of the mineral when our products are consumed. This is more magnesium that enters the bloodstream than in other brands of supplement on the market.

How much elemental magnesium is safe?

Elemental magnesium refers to the actual amount of the mineral that is stored in the cells, muscles, bones and nerves. Like all vitamins and minerals, there is a safe limit of magnesium that one can consume on a daily basis. Experts suggest that 350mg of magnesium is the upper limit of what the body can process per day, however, higher doses can be prescribed in medical instances where more magnesium may be needed to treat a disease or severe deficiency.

These dosages are slightly less for children. Doctors recommend about 65mg of magnesium per day for children aged between one and three; 110mg per day for children aged between four and eight; and up to 350mg per day for children aged nine and older. Magnesium Café products are safe for children.

When looking for the perfect magnesium supplement that suits your needs, always look for the elemental magnesium on the label – this can be expressed as a volume or as a percentage of the total dosage. Take a look at our testimonials page for more insights and reviews by actual customers who have used magnesium to get their health back.


To learn more about magnesium and its many benefits for health and wellness, please do not hesitate to contact us. Magnesium Café has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Visit our online store to purchase our products and get your health back.

Magnesium Café offers a range of products that are safe for consumption by people of all ages. They have the highest concentration of elemental magnesium on the market and are 100% Halaal-certified. 

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