‘Dosages in magnesium supplements far too high’ – Kassa


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Magnesium supplements contain much more magnesium than the European maximum of 250 milligrams, according to research by the Consumers’ Association. More than two thirds of the substances studied contain too much magnesium. This can lead to diarrhea in users.

Researchers from the Consumers’ Association examined the magnesium content of 66 supplements. No fewer than 45 of them contain too much magnesium, up to 450 milligrams. Well-known A-brands such as Davitamon, and private labels of Etos, Kruidvat, Hema and Holland & Barrett, sell these high doses.

Laconic reaction

Industry association NPN sees no problem and reacts laconically, according to the Consumers’ Association. According to the association, the European Food Safety Authority was too careful in setting the upper limit and diarrhea was only detected at a dose of 360 milligrams. The complaints would also mainly occur with supplements that contain magnesium oxide.

Manufacturers say they never complain of diarrhea as a side effect. But that makes sense, the union believes, because there is no warning about this in the supplements.

‘Weak reaction’

Sandra Molenaar, director of the Consumers’ Association, criticizes the sector’s weak reactions: “More than half (39) of the supplements even well exceed the limit of 360 milligrams that the sector itself states as permissible. Moreover, 19 of those supplements also have magnesium oxide as the main ingredient. There are a lot of them. Consumers run a real risk of a very unpleasant side effect. You can’t dismiss that with the argument that you never get complaints? Or with nonsense about studies? That is downright inappropriate. have to abide by the rules and the trade association has an important role in this.”

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