Just curious.. the natural calm instructions tell you to mix it with hot water and let it fizz.. wondering if it makes any difference whether it fizzes or not?
personally i like the taste of it in cold water better.
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on April 02, 2012
at 10:11 PM
You can chill it after it fizzes. Or have it fizz in a small amount of hot water then add cold after its done.
I forget what chelate the natural calm uses but what ever it is it's there to make it more bioavailable. The reaction is probably releasing carbon dioxide which probably making the Mg chelate more acidic (grabbing a H ion) and that makes it easier for your body to absorb.
Technally nothing is happening to the Mg itself, but the accompanying ions are what make the metal bioavailable so you should let the reaction happen.
Though now that I think about it, the reaction could probably could happen when it heats up in your stomach. The only way to really know is to monitor your serum Mg levels but that's too crazy, so I just use warm water.
on April 02, 2012
at 10:16 PM
Per the Natural Calm FAQ:
How do I have to prepare Natural calm? Natural Calm works better with boiling hot water to activate it. Many people only use hot water, but the hotter, the better. The hot water activates the powder and puts the magnesium in an ionic form that enables almost 100% absorption (also called bioavailability).
I live in a place that is very hot. Do I have to drink it as a hot beverage? No - put the Natural Calm powder in a cup and put one ounce of boiling water. After it finishes efflorescing (bubbling) then add cold water.
on December 13, 2013
at 02:55 AM
i always drink it cold and it's very fizzy!
on September 11, 2013
at 04:18 PM
WARNING BRACE FOR NERDYNESS: *The below is about to get intensely nerdy.
Magnesium is never found in nature by itself and so it is always in compound form as it has a natural affinity for other elements. This gives us over 20 different forms of magnesium in nature.
The Natural Calm product starts off with magnesium carbonate as this form has double the amount of actual magnesium in it's compound (30% elemental magnesium, over 15% for straight citrate).
But when the powder is added to water the two ingredients combine and form the much more bioavailable (absorbable) magnesium form magnesium citrate (citrate is considered 90% bioavailable compare to straight carbonate which is 30%).
Magnesium carbonate is MgCO3(so 1 atom of Magnesium; 1 atom of Carbon and 3 atoms of Oxygen)
Citric acid is C6H8O7(so 6 atoms of Carbon; 8 atoms of Hydrogen and 7 atoms of Oxygen)
If you exactly combine and total all of the above atoms one would have C7H8MgO10.However magnesium citrate is C6H6MgO7, which means the following number of atoms have been freed from the final compound: 1 carbon; 2 hydrogen; 3 oxygen.
These 6 atoms don’t combine in the final compound (magnesium citrate) because they naturally form two separate covalent bonds. The 1 atom of carbon bonds with 2 of the atoms of oxygen and thus forms CO2 (carbon dioxide) which, incidentally, is why the product fizzes, CO2 being a gas and weighing less than a liquid, rises to the top of the water and is then released into the air.
Okay, so out of the original left overs of 1 carbon, 2 hydrogen and 3 oxygen, CO2 has formed, this leaves 2 atoms of hydrogen and 1 atom of oxygen, these combine and form their own covalent bond H2O, water. So technically when you mix Natural Calm you will end up with slightly more water than when you started. Interesting huh?
So technically speaking:
magnesium carbonate + citric acid = magnesium citrate + water + carbon dioxide
which could also be written as:
MgCO3+ C6H8O7= C6H6MgO7+ H2O + CO2
In my experience that drink always fizzes to some degree or another, I do notice the above reaction occurs more rapidly in hot water and thus the carbon dioxide escapes more violently through the surface of the water and can be seen visually as fizzing. Conversely when the product is mixed with cold water the reaction and dissolving occurs much slower and the visual "fizzing" is much more mild.
One would assume if it didn't fizz at all then possibly the magnesium wasn't bonding to the citrate and releasing the carbonate as carbon dioxide. So technically there should be some fizz of some sort.