Elementary Elements – Magnificent Magnesium

Did you know that a high number of the population are low in Magnesium?

Magnesium deficiency can be caused by medications, stress, alcohol, poor absorption of food, and diets that are high in refined foods. Sings of being low in Magnesium are:-

  • Constipation
  • Hypertension (high BP)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Chronic bak pain
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Tendonitis
  • Fibromyalgia

Magnesium is an element that is involved in for over 300 different processes within the body. Having levels in your body that are too low can be a contributing factor in many diseases and can also inhibit excess body fat loss. Correcting a magnesium deficit can make a world of difference in overall health. If you think your low you think you may be low in magnesium ask your GP ask for a Magnesium test, but what you get free on the NHS may not be the best for you. There are many on-line site where you can buy magnesium I use and highly ecommend Dr Mercola’s site.

This should give you a good picture of why I believe magnesium is so important. So how can you know if you’re getting an adequate supply? First look at your diet.

Food (100 grams)  Magnesium Content (mg)
Seaweed, agar, dried 770 mg
Coriander leaf (spice), dried 694 mg
Pumpkin seeds, dried 535 mg
Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened 499 mg
Basil, dried 422 mg
Flaxseed 392 mg
Cumin seed (spice) 366 mg
Brazil nuts, dried 376 mg
Parsley, freeze dried 372 mg
Almond butter 303 mg
Cashew nuts, roasted 273 mg
Whey, sweet, dried 176 mg
Leeks, freeze dried 156 mg
Kale, scotch, raw 88 mg
Spinach 79 mg

As we age our body becomes less efficient at processing vitamins and minerals. so it is even more important that we eat an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and berries. The thing is this does not easily show up in our blood because what we cant  absorb gets flushed out of our waste system. this means that our Doctor doesn’t spot the deficiencies and the problem never surfaces.

Magnesium is not a nutrient you want to run low on, despite it being so commonly overlooked. Here are some key reasons why I feel it’s so important for you to pay special attention to Magnesium

  • It is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body
  • Exists in over 300 different bodily enzymes
  • Is found primarily in your bones (half of your total body magnesium)
  • Plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes
  • Aids your energy metabolism and protein synthesis
  • Helps guide a large number of physiological functions
  • Is required by glutathione (the “master antioxidant”) for synthesis  
  • Is especially valuable for supporting your brain health

When searching for a high-quality magnesium supplement, there’s such a wide variety available that it can be confusing as to which one is really best for you.

Even more confusing is the fact that there’s no such thing as a 100 percent magnesium supplement. Magnesium must be bound to another ion and that substance can affect magnesium’s absorption and bioavailability.

Let’s take a closer look at the different types of magnesium supplements available out there and how they compare to one another.

Magnesium glycinate

A chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide effective levels of absorption and bioavailability.

         Magnesium oxide

A non-chelated form of magnesium bound to an organic acid or fatty acid. Contains up to 60% elemental magnesium and has stool-softening properties.

         Magnesium chloride/Magnesium lactate

Contains only about 12% elemental magnesium but tends to have better absorption capabilities than magnesium oxide which has 5 times the magnesium.

         Magnesium sulfate/Magnesium hydroxide

These are typically used as laxatives. Milk of Magnesia is an example of this type of magnesium. Since magnesium hydroxide can have up to 42% elemental magnesium, caution is required here not to take too much.

         Magnesium carbonate

This form of magnesium has antacid properties and can contain from 29 to 45% elemental magnesium.

Magnesium taurate

This contains a combination of magnesium and taurine (an amino acid) that together may provide a calming effect on the body and mind.

Magnesium citrate

This is a form of magnesium with citric acid which has laxative properties. This can contain up to 16% elemental magnesium.

Magnesium L-Threonate

This newer, emerging type of magnesium supplement has shown great promise in absorption, as well as potential tissue and cell membrane penetration.

Why I choose to take MagteinMagnesium L-Threonate

Magnesium plays an important role in many of your brain’s functions, however, most forms of magnesium have low levels of brain bioavailability. Recently, a group of scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including a Nobel Prize laureate, discovered a unique compound called Magtein™ and it is the only magnesium compound that has been shown to effectively raise the brain’s magnesium levels.

For a high-quality magnesium supplement, I strongly recommend Magnesium                    L-Threonate. Here’s a chart on Dr Mercoal’s web site showing the details behind why he thinks this is such an exceptional formula and exceeded his expectations by surpassing his checklist requirements:-

Checklist Requirement

Completely avoids magnesium stearate?

Yes – I made certain this compound was not part of the formula whatsoever. It’s just not a healthy substance you should be putting in your body. Plus, this formula does not contain any genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.

Delivers a high-absorption formula?

Yes – With the many types of magnesium supplements available, my team and I selected Magtein™ Magnesium L-Threonate (Magtein®) for its absorption characteristics and extensive research.

Incorporates high-penetration characteristics?

Yes – One area where other forms of magnesium supplements tend to fall short involves penetration of tissues and cells. Animal studies have shown how Magnesium L-Threonate has been able to uniquely cross the blood-brain barrier and penetrate cell membranes.

Helps manage potential discomfort?

Yes – Many forms of magnesium can cause unpleasant gastrointestinal discomfort. In fact as you already know, some magnesium products have the primary purpose of softening stool and acting as a laxative. This is not the case with Magnesium  L-Threonate and its consistent formula.

Provides practical, easy-to-take servings?

Yes – Food is not required for absorption so taking it with meals is not necessary. It’s always a smart choice to double-check and consult with a healthcare professional when taking any supplement. With our new formula, you only need 3 capsules instead of 4! You can take all 3 at night, or take 2 at lunch and 1 at bedtime with plenty of water, it’s easy to take

Dr Mercola says “While other common magnesium compounds generally do not improve brain magnesium levels, studies show that higher magnesium concentrations in the brain and improved cognitive ability occur with Magtein™. This can lead to enhanced learning abilities, improved working memory and better short- and long-term memory in both young and aged animals.*I believe this recent research holds tremendous potential value for your cognitive function.”

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