We’ve spoken a few times recently about how fish oil and magnesium can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, or improve other conditions (such as eczema); so it’s worth mentioning that the dosage of your fish oil, and the quality of your magnesium supplements are important.

Magnesium is a big mineral and so the formulation that is used in supplements is vitally important to ensure that what you put into your mouth actually gets into your cells. This is the concept of false economy. There is no point in saving a few dollars when buying your magnesium supplement if you are buying a poorly absorbed form. I have learned this the hard way in my clinic.

In the early days, when patients used to ask me if they could use cheaper products, I would advise them to give it a try. But I found over time, we often could not get the results with a cheaper product. Most of these patients eventually switched to a better brand and got the results they we were seeking. But this ended up costing them more in the long run.

If you’re not sure what you should be looking for, or which brands are known for producing high quality supplements (specifically, a high quality version of the supplement you want/need to start taking) – ask your pharmacist.

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