As part of my efforts to remedy some of my deficiencies & issues with malabsorption, magnesium was one key element I wanted to tick off the list. It’s vitally important yet rarely gets checked or mentioned by GPs. Most supplements seem to be large tablets, so I wanted to share an excellent alternative. I’ve been trying this liquid magnesium thanks to the wonderful team at Floradix, and it gets a huge thumbs up from me.
The Importance of Magnesium
This element can be highly under-appreciated. It contributes to nerve, psychological, bone and muscle function, among other things.
Magnesium, a mineral found in the sea, plants, animals, earth and humans, is often underrated and overlooked when it comes to our health. Every cell in that fabulous body of yours needs magnesium to function.
It has various functions and reactions in the body. For instance :
- Muscles – contraction and relaxation
- Energy – converting food into much-needed energy
- Maintenance of genes – creating & remaining RNA & DNA
- Maintenance of bones
- Neurotransmitter regulation – Such as GABA, important for sleep
- Forming proteins from amino acids
- Regulation of the nervous system
It’s thought that about 50% of those in Europe & the US don’t get enough magnesium. What’s more, you need a little more of it when exercising, and studies suggesting the mineral can help boost performance not just in athletes but in the elderly and those of us with chronic illness, though more research is needed in this area.
According to UK guidelines, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 300mg for men and 270mg for women. While you can get magnesium from your diet (ie. nuts, spinach, bananas, seeds), many people may struggle to get enough each day or have problems with absorption. Those with stomas / ileostomies like myself may particularly experience issues with deficiencies. Maybe you have ME or fibromyalgia and chronic pain, and want to see whether healthier magnesium levels can help. It’s important for everyone, with or without chronic illness. This is where supplements come in as a hugely helpful addition to your diet. If you’re unsure of whether taking magnesium is right for you, please consult your GP or speak with a pharmacist first.
A lack of magnesium has also been linked to depression and insomnia, in addition to chronic inflammation. It’s associated with various illnesses and diseases, from clogged arteries and high blood pressure, to stroke and osteoporosis.
Conversely, a boost of magnesium has been associated with a reduction of inflammation as well as benefits for those with Type 2 Diabetes, high BP and heart disease, and migraines. Magnesium is additionally used in some instances of PMS, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, constipation, MS, CRPS, surgical recovery, Lyme disease, CFS and fibromyalgia.
About Floradix & Their Range
The Floradix brand is well-known, so you may have seen it advertised & on the shelves.
The company behind the Floradix brand is Salus-Haus, which was originally founded back in 1916. With over 100 years of experience, they supply the excellent quality, safe & effective healthcare products and a popular range of lifestyle and dietary supplements.
The UK brand – Salus (UK) Ltd – is an integral aspect of the worldwide Salus company, having been operating for more than 35 years to distribute to various retailers and help support the help of countless customers.
Floradix focuses on natural, healthy living, and pride themselves on the best quality of the products and the ingredients that go in to making them, as well as being environmentally aware and socially responsible.
While liquids come to mind first, they actually do a range of formats, from liquids and tablets, to herbal teas, candies & plant juices. Where liquids are concerned, they offer the following supplements :
Floradix Liquid Iron / Floravital Liquid Iron / Vitamin B Complex / Detox Bio / Kindervital for children original & fruity versions / Magnesium (which I’m reviewing) / Epresat / IntestCare / Saludynam / Protector / Alpenkraft Herbal Syrup / Gallexier / Ginseng Elixir / Calcium.
About The Product
The magnesium in Floradix is already dissolved so your digestive system should be able to absorb it quickly and more effectively than tablet supplements.
There are fruit juice concentrates and also some herbs thrown in for good measure to improve the taste, making taking this more pleasant and palatable.
It’s worth noting that supplements, including this one, are in addition to a healthy lifestyle and shouldn’t be used as an alternative to a healthy, balanced diet.
There are no nasties in this, which means no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives. It’s also suitable for vegetarians, while being lactose free and gluten free.
Floradix Liquid Magnesium on Boots UK (often on 3for2)
You can also find Floradix Magnesium on eBay
Directions For Use
Shake the bottle before you use it and pour the recommended amount into the clear plastic cap provided. You’ll find measurements on this to make it simple to make sure you’re getting the right amount.
Adults and children over 12yrs : 20ml once a day before a meal
Children 6-12yrs : 10ml daily
Children 3-5yrs : 5ml daily
Magnesium content per 20ml (for adults) is 250mg (67% NRV)
Once opened, keep this as fresh as possible by making sure you close the bottle after each use, store it upright in the fridge and consume the liquid within 4 weeks. Unopened bottles should be kept in a cool, dry place.
Considering it’s suggested we need around 270-300mg of magnesium per day, the content in this liquid is absolutely excellent. It’s high strength and spot on, with 250mg per 20ml.
The consistency is just right – not too thick & not too thin – so that it’s as mess-free as possible. In fact, I’ve noticed no spills or drips anywhere, no stickiness or dribbling down the bottle at all.
The metal lid is a screw top, but it’s very easy to open and close as it only requires a slight twist, while being completely secure. It’s easy to dispense the liquid into the plastic measuring cup. Once you’ve used it, it can be washed and replaced onto the lid of the bottle, where it fits nicely so you won’t lose it. I keep mine standing upright in the fridge, right in front of me so when I open the fridge I can’t miss it or forget to take it!
I’ve not had any liquid supplement that’s ever tasted ‘nice’ before. Most have been outright vile, so this made for a pleasant surprise. It’s better when refrigerated, and you should be able to down it like a shot. It’s very sweet, and palatable enough that I don’t have any issues taking it. Also, you take the taste away by eating afterwards as it recommends taking it before a meal.
I find this incredibly quick and convenient to take. It’s simple to dispense, mess-free and easy to store. The brand is one I have a lot of faith in, and they’re really responsive, with very helpful customer service. It’s reassuring the know the product is good quality with no nasties or artificial additives. I wanted a product that would absorb well and provide a high strength of magnesium so that only one portion a day would be required to get enough. This ticks all the boxes so I can’t rate it highly enough.
If you’re looking for a liquid magnesium, I would definitely recommend checking this one out. If you’re considering other supplements, such as iron, B12 or calcium, I’d also suggest checking the rest of the Floradix range, whether you tablets or need another format such as a liquid or gummies. This is an honest review and I wanted to share it as I think it could be of interest to others who struggle with related symptoms, such as exhaustion, and may find tablets unsuitable or ineffective. Final result : Highly recommended.
Check out the whole Floradix range here on Amazon UK.
I received this product so that I could try it and give my honest, genuine opinion here, which I have done. Please note that this is a supplement and doesn’t replace a balanced diet. This post does not constitute a medical opinion; if you are unsure of whether this is suitable for you, please speak to your GP.