Magnesium at a glance*
- Fuels almost all metabolic processes
- Supports increased muscle strength
- Supports improved sugar metabolism
- Shown to protect bone strength
- Supports migraine prevention
- Shown to increase oxygen uptake in muscle
- Chronic stress reduces magnesium levels
Chelated for Maximum Absorption
Magnesium Essentials is a highly absorbable form of magnesium known as magnesium bisglycinate and is designed to maximize absorption and minimize any GI side effects, i.e. laxative effect.
Magnesium is an essential mineral needed for more than 300 critical reactions in our metabolism. If there is not enough magnesium to go around, things go awry. 68% of Americans don’t meet even minimum recommendations for magnesium intake.
Magnesium is found in whole grains, nuts, legumes, seafood and green vegetables. However, “food processing … can reduce its magnesium content by 80%.”
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency may include:
- high blood pressure
- high blood sugar
- metabolic syndrome
- restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- muscle weakness
- irregular heart beats
- poor nail growth
Research suggests Magnesium may support health in the following ways:*
- Fuels almost all metabolic processes!
- Increases muscle formation and muscle strength
- Hormone function, including insulin
- Balances acid levels in the body
- DNA production (genetics), as well as the stability of DNA
- Mood enhancement and brain function
- Relaxation of blood vessels
Magnesium: For the Stressful Life
A 2010 article in Medical Hypotheses stated that “chronic stress decreased both free and total plasma ionized magnesium and simultaneously increased oxidative stress in humans. These findings supported the necessity for magnesium supplementation with antioxidant vitamins for patients living in conditions of chronic stress.” Americans know stress, and without adequate magnesium, stress increases the risk of heart disease and depression. The article also adds “chronic stress whether physical (i.e. exertion, heat, cold, critical illness, trauma – accidental or surgical, noise, burns), or emotional (i.e. pain, anxiety, excitement or depression) increases need for magnesium.” This same article emphasized magnesium supplementation for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) – and reported that 220 out of 225 cases of TRD had been successfully treated with magnesium. (Note: dosages in each case were different and were medically supervised.)
Magnesium: Breath to Your Muscles – Even aging muscles!
Magnesium increases oxygen uptake in muscles, so having sufficient levels can help with exercise performance and endurance. Magnesium increases muscle strength and endurance and protects against cell damage. You want to make sure you have an ample supply, especially as aging occurs.
Supports Reduced Risk for Metabolic Syndrome & Components!
There is now strong evidence that dietary magnesium lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: Magnesium Depletion is Common
Over 25% of those with diabetes have low magnesium levels. Magnesium plays a crucial role in sugar and carbohydrate metabolism. Magnesium can improve sugar metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
As the magnesium content of bone decreases, bone becomes more brittle. Some studies have found lower magnesium levels in bones of women with osteoporosis compared to those without… So getting enough magnesium may help protect your bones.
Drugs Can Deplete Magnesium!
Diuretics (“water pills”), antibiotics, and PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors, i.e. Nexium, Prevacid, Pepcid) can deplete magnesium levels. In fact, the FDA recommends monitoring magnesium levels in all patients on PPI’s especially if also taking diuretics (water pills).
Magnesium for Migraines
Supplementing with magnesium (from 450 mg – 600 mg per day) has been helpful in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. Studies have shown benefit in both children and adults. “The available evidence suggests that up to 50% of patients during an acute migraine attack have lowered levels of ionized magnesium. Infusion of magnesium results in a rapid and sustained relief of an acute migraine in such patients. Two double-blind studies suggest that chronic oral magnesium supplementation may also reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. Because of an excellent safety profile and low cost and despite the lack of definitive studies, we feel that a trial of oral magnesium supplementation can be recommended to a majority of migraine sufferers.”
Suggested Usage: 1 capsule, 1 to 2 times daily with food or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Precautions & Safety
A total of at least 500 mg of magnesium per day is typically adequate for most people. Those who regularly exercise will likely need more magnesium due to increased muscle demand. Those with special medical conditions, such as migraine headaches, may benefit from doses up to 1,000 mg per day. Since minerals are difficult for the body to absorb, chelated high absorption formulas are recommended.
Keep out of reach of children.
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