One mineral…magic in a bottle? Considering the role magnesium plays as an essential mineral and a cofactor for hundreds of enzyme reactions…the answer is a resounding YES!
Magnesium essential to life
Magnesium is found mostly in our bones, but not only is it necessary for healthy bones, but also the proper function of nerves, muscles, stomach acid and bowel function including maintaining healthy electrical balance required for normal heart rhythm.i
The role magnesium plays in heart health is one of its more notable attributes.
According to a recent study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women with the highest blood levels of magnesium had a 77% lower risk of sudden cardiac death compared to women in the lowest range!ii
Another study of 7,000 men from the Honolulu Heart Program found that those with the highest magnesium intake had a reported 45% lower risk of coronary heart disease than those with reduced intake.iii
A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies revealed that higher serum levels of magnesium correlated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Higher dietary magnesium intakes (up to approximately 250 mg/day) were associated with a dramatically lower risk of ischemic heart disease or reduced blood supply to the heart muscle.iv
And this is the short list of studies on magnesium’s effect on heart health.
What’s on your plate?
Some of the highest sources of magnesium are found in dark, green leafy vegetables, bananas, avocados, peas, beans, almonds, and cashews.v However, on average, most daily diets lend themselves to bland, processed foods, rather than a rainbow of carefully prepared meals.
A lack of nutrition coupled with the following risk factors can cripple magnesium’s function in the body.
Are you at risk of deficiency?
- Is sugar one of your daily food groups?
- Are you addicted to dark, carbonated drinks?
- Is caffeine your go-to for energy?
- Have you recently had surgery?
- Do you have gut absorption issues?
- Is your body in a state of disease?
- Are you on any medications?
- Do you consume alcohol on a regular basis?
- Are you continually stressed out?
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency
- Difficulties learning
- Rapid heartbeat
- Muscle spasms
If none of the above apply to you and you are simultaneously getting adequate intake of magnesium through your diet, then congratulate yourself on being an anomaly of health.
However, for the vast majority of people, optimal health is not being achieved, and supplementation is necessary.
With so many forms and variations of magnesium, the decision process can seem daunting.
For magnesium to be effective, it needs to be pure and in a bioavailable form. When magnesium is bound to an amino acid, it is better absorbed into the blood stream. However, this still does not guarantee it is going to make it inside the cell.
In order for magnesium to get inside the cell, it requires energy to run a pump. Pumping calcium out and pumping magnesium in.
Given that many people are already tired and deficient in energy, magnesium does not get efficiently pumped into the cell.
The way to bypass this problem is to wrap the magnesium into a tiny little liposome that is made out of the same material as your cell membranes. This allows for easy access through the cell membrane-no pump needed!
Once inside the cell, the contents of the liposome are delivered.
Many magnesium supplements cause diarrhea because they are so hard for the body to absorb. In order for magnesium to be effective, it has to get INSIDE the cell.
This is why Dr. Benjamin Lynch developed the world’s first and only liposomal magnesium. A liposomal form of magnesium is a preferred method for absorption and delivery, because it readily enters the blood stream AND cell membranes, making it the optimal way to increase magnesium levels.
Optimal Liposomal Magnesium by Seeking Health is the only magnesium supplement of its kind, to provide 200 mg of high potency magnesium using certified non-GMO liposomes.
Key Benefits and Actions of Optimal Liposomal Magnesium:
- Supports normal serotonin levels*
- Supports muscle relaxation*
- Supports energy production*
- Supports regulation of nutrients such as calcium, copper, zinc, potassium, and vitamin D*
- Supports normal development of teeth and bones*
According to Linus Pauling Institute, the current magnesium intakes in the US population are below recommended levels (400-420 mg/day for men and 310-320 mg/day for women).vi Depending on your state of health, you may need more or less to meet your nutrient needs. Talk to your doctor for recommended dosage.
Take away from food by at least 15 minutes. Add 10 ml to your favorite juice and drink or use as suggested by your health professional.
All Systems Go
When your body is nutritionally balanced, optimal health ensues. With magnesium being an essential mineral affecting many functions of the body, supplementation can have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing.
Reprinted with kind permission of Seeking Health
i National Institutes of Health
ii The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
iii The American Journal of Cardiology
iv The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
v Medline Plus
vi Linus Pauling Institute