The essential mineral magnesium performs more than 600 biological reactions and functions in the body. It’s involved in everything from the creation of genetic material to the movement of your muscles.
This macro mineral has a host of health benefits, including bone development, cognitive function, cardiovascular health and more.
Magnesium has gained real popularity for its soothing effect on the bowel. In fact, magnesium citrate is widely used as a bowel prep agent prior to colonoscopy procedures. And several studies show that it is as effective as other regimens in that regard.
But magnesium is so much more…
It’s absolutely critical to bone health and development. Magnesium works in tandem with calcium to help strengthen bones.
Not only does magnesium soothe the bowel and help you go, it helps other muscles relax as well. People who experience muscle twitches, spasms or cramps may find that magnesium helps reduce these tendencies.
Magnesium is involved in all smooth muscle contraction and relaxation. That means it also supports heart health and the gastrointestinal, urinary and female reproductive tracts.
Magnesium definitely plays a role in cardiovascular health. It works in tandem with calcium to help muscle fibers relax after calcium makes them contract. These two minerals are responsible for keeping your heartbeat healthy and steady.
High magnesium intake and higher levels of circulating magnesium are usually associated with better heart health. A 2013 review of many studies found that higher blood levels of magnesium are also significantly linked to lower risks of cardiovascular disease. And higher dietary magnesium intake (up to 250 mg/day) was associated with a much lower risk of ischemic heart disease caused by a reduced blood supply to the heart muscle.
According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, magnesium may also help keep blood pressure levels in the normal range.
Getting enough magnesium in your diet “significantly” reduces your risk of diabetes according to the National Institutes of Health. That’s because this mineral is vital to glucose metabolism. Low magnesium levels seem to amplify insulin resistance. And diabetics excrete more magnesium.
Magnesium supports cognitive function. It helps relay signals between your brain and your body. More specifically, it is a gatekeeper for N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors that are located on your neurons. These receptors also aid memory, learning and brain development. Overstimulating these receptors (when too little magnesium is present) can damage the brain.
It’s estimated that magnesium participates in more than 300 metabolic functions alone! According to a 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, magnesium supplementation helps overweight people improve their metabolism.
This electrolyte is crucial for your cells’ energy production.
Baby Bump Too!
Current studies show that magnesium also helps support a healthy pregnancy.
Which Foods Are Good Sources of Magnesium?
Want more magnesium in your diet? Reach for these foods:
- roasted pumpkin seeds and chia seeds stand tall above the rest.
You can also get valuable amounts of this nutrient from:
- almonds, cashews, peanuts
- soymilk and soybeans
- spinach and other dark, leafy greens
- black beans, peanut butter
- potatoes and rice
For all of its importance, it’s pretty incredible that more than two-thirds of American adults don’t get enough magnesium in their daily diet. But when you consider that anywhere from 40-90% of magnesium can be lost during food processing, that makes sense.
Who Named this Thing?
This white mineral was first found in Greece in a region called…Magnesia. (Luckily it wasn’t discovered in Thessaloniki!)
Mag-nificent Magnesium Products
If you’re not much into nuts, seeds or other naturally magnesium-rich foods, try a good supplement to fill in the gaps.
Relax. Help those muscles rest while you re-energize. This superior blend provides two highly bioavailable forms of magnesium: citrate and malate. Magnesium citrate is alkalizing in the body, while the malate form helps promote musculoskeletal health. This combination helps power muscles, brains, bones, bowels and more.
- Helps support normal muscle and musculoskeletal function
- Contributes to energy production
- Helps reduce tiredness and fatigue
- Provides 44% of the Daily Value for magnesium per serving
We start with two organically bound forms of this macro mineral: citrate and malate. These forms provide greater bioavailability and digestibility, so you get more out of the magnesium you’re taking. Then, we work with expert providers in the industry. Our partner has been in the business for over 40 years and is, like us, committed to excellence, safety and innovation. Their ingredients prove to be consistently pure every time. And their US manufacturing facilities are NSF certified.
Get up close and personal with this macro mineral that plays a major role in overall health. Boost energy production, support enzymatic reactions, better utilize other minerals and metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
- Helps relax muscles
- Contributes to energy production
- Supports the nervous system
- Blends magnesium oxide and amino acid chelate
- Provides 250 mg magnesium per tablet or 60% of the Daily Value per serving
Magnesium oxide provides more magnesium than other forms of this mineral. And the magnesium amino acid chelate electrolyte is easily absorbed by the body. Blending these two together offers great value and bioavailability. And it comes in a complementary herbal base that features:
- Kelp (provides iodine for the thyroid gland)
- Licorice root (used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to support metabolism),
- Peppermint leaf for digestive support
- White willow bark (supports nervous system health with naturally occurring salicin, flavonoids and glycosides)
“I was having ongoing muscles spasms in my shoulders. And almost immediately after beginning to add magnesium supplements to my daily routine, those spasms went away. My shoulders feel a lot better.”
(180 tablets, 250 mg)
Everyone knows you need calcium for strong bones. But you need other things too. SynerPro® Calcium-Magnesium provides this essential nutrient with a blend of magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin D to help your body maximize the benefits of calcium in supporting healthy bones and structural function.
- Provides 31% of the Daily Value of Calcium per serving
- Provides 48% of the Daily Value of magnesium (oxide) per serving
- Contains vitamin D3, phosphorus and other minerals that support structural health
- Features the unique SynerPro blend of greens and cruciferous veggies, including broccoli, carrot, red beet, turmeric, cabbage and citrus bioflavonoids
Your skeleton acts like a bank for calcium, storing it until you need it. And it serves a similar role for phosphorus and magnesium. Vitamin D works with other hormones to help manage the balance of these important minerals in the body.
“This is a great [product]! I love that it is combined with vitamin D3 (which helps with calcium absorption) … Magnesium isn’t metabolized well in the body unless there is enough vitamin D! It all works together, and this vitamin helps our bodies get the nutrients we need in a way we can use it! I also love the plant-based component.”
Bones provide the basic structure for your body. And you push them to their limits with an active lifestyle. Skeletal Strength can help maintain bones and teeth, preserve muscle tissue, and help you keep moving and enjoying life. This blend features several vegan, non-GMO and allergen-free ingredients for a clean nutritional experience, including herbs – like horsetail –traditionally used to support the structural system.
- Supports musculoskeletal function, including bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and skin
- Supports healthy structural system function
- Provides 20+ vitamins, minerals and herbs
- Provides 71% of the Daily Value of magnesium (oxide, amino acid chelate) per serving
- Features a proprietary blend of beneficial botanicals, including horsetail stems, betaine HCl, papaya fruit, parsley leaves, pineapple fruit, valerian root and licorice root concentrate.