Hi Claudia and thanks for your question. We do have customers who take both. Here's why. Many foods contain or are fortified with calcium so it is easier to get calcium from your diet. However, magnesium is more difficult to get that way.
If you have checked your diet and found calcium needs to be fortified, how much more do you need?
Research suggests that the old ratio of 2 mg of calcium to 1 mg of magnesium should be more ideal at 2 mg magnesium to 1 mg of calcium. Since the nature of calcium is to calcify" or "harden" bones, too much calcium that the body cannot use or get rid of ends up calcifying blood vessels and tissues (not good!). Thus the new ratio of 1:1 calcium to magnesium is healthier. If you take 500 mg of calcium, take 500 mg (at least) of magnesium.
The new Fibro-Care Cal is in capsules, too, for convenience and it also includes the cofactors for calcium like vitamin D3, boron, manganese and vitamin K (a complete bone building formula). As an example, you could start with the 4 capsules a day of Fibro-Care Cal which will give you 550 mg of calcium and 255 mg of magnesium. Then add 2 capsules of Fibro-Care for another 360 mg of magnesium. Remember if you have any chronic condition, you need magnesium, so if you take a little more of magnesium, it's okay.
Don't forget, if you take the Multi-Gold (our daily multiple) to add up the calcium and magnesium in that formula too. You can adjust the amounts of each supplement according to how much calcium you need.
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