Magnesium Bis-glycinate – a combination of magnesium and the amino acid glycine that has a high absorption rate and bioavailability. It is considered one of the best forms of magnesium to rapidly boost blood levels.
Magnesium Ascorbate – a non-acidic, buffered form of vitamin C providing better absorption for both magnesium and vitamin C.
Magnesium Citrate – an excellent form of magnesium for the intestines and colon. Magnesium Citrate ensures that the bowel functions at an optimal level and can relieve constipation.
Magnesium Malate – a combination of magnesium and malic acid, this form of magnesium is highly absorbable and provides optimum bioavailability.
Magnesium C16 & C18 alkyls – facilitate nutrient transport and further boost the body’s ability to absorb magnesium.
Frequently referred to as the “miracle mineral” and “nature’s chill pill”, magnesium is required to give the spark of life to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport, the creation and synthesis of proteins, and is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.
Strong Bones and Teeth
Roughly half of the body’s magnesium is stored in the bones where it acts as a cofactor with calcium and vitamin D to maintain and strengthen the bone structure and teeth. Teeth can only form hard enamel from calcium if magnesium is available. Magnesium stimulates the hormone calcitonin, which helps to preserve bone structure by drawing calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones.
It is important to note that many people suffer from excess calcium intake and a deficiency in magnesium. It is the balance that is important between these two essential minerals, allowing them to work together to promote healthy bones and teeth.
Magnesium works with calcium to regulate electrical impulses in the cells. Cellular calcium channels allow calcium to enter the cell for only as long as it is needed to conduct an impulse, it is ushered out immediately by magnesium once its task is fulfilled. Operating as a natural calcium channel blocker and responsible for relaxation, magnesium is pivotally important to the functioning of the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system.
Magnesium is a key mineral required for production of the energy molecule ATP in every single cell of the body. Without energy, cells cannot divide efficiently, and the genetic material may be compromised. It activates the enzymes that make copies of DNA and RNA, making it essential in the process of cell division.
Magnesium helps to regulate heart rhythm, co-ordinating the activity of the heart muscle and the nerves that initiate heartbeat. Low magnesium levels can cause heart palpitations and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). It also helps to keep the coronary arteries from having spasms that can cause the intense chest pains known as angina. It is relatively well known that a deficiency in magnesium is the most common cause of these spasms.
Also keeping blood pressure in check, magnesium relaxes the muscles that control blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more freely. This can help to reduce high blood pressure – an important factor in decreasing the risk of a heart attack of stroke. Magnesium’s effect on high blood pressure is further enhanced because it helps equalize the levels of potassium and sodium in the blood.
If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected as magnesium is crucial to the production of neurotransmitters and the integrity of the blood brain barrier. Sufficient levels of magnesium are fundamental to maintaining normal psychological function.
Both magnesium and calcium are intimately involved with muscle function (magnesium relaxes, calcium contracts). Frequent muscle cramps, eye tics, hiccups and restless leg syndrome are common symptoms of a deficiency in magnesium.
Magnesium contributes to:
- a reduction of tiredness and fatigue
- electrolyte balance
- normal energy yielding metabolism
- normal functioning of the nervous system
- normal muscle function
- normal protein synthesis
- normal psychological function
- the maintenance of normal bones
- the maintenance of normal teeth
- Magnesium has a role in the process of cell division