Magnesium - The Essential Mineral Everyone Needs
Taking into consideration all of the essential roles’ magnesium plays in the body, it’s a good idea to think about taking magnesium supplements on a daily basis. This is especially important because of the fact that magnesium deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in adults, an estimated 80% of the population being deficient in this important mineral.
GNA Naturals Magnesium Bis-glycinate 205mg is the newest member in our Foundational Line of supplements. Our highly absorbable Magnesium Bisglycinate is a blend of Magnesium Bis-glycinate, Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Oxide in a 205mg capsule.
The list of benefits that are essential to human health are extensive and magnesium is safe and gentle enough to be taken daily. Magnesium is also safe to be taken by pregnant women.
Each capsule contains
Elemental Magnesium……………………………….205 mg
Magnesium Bis-glycinate Blend
(Magnesium Bis-glycinate Chelate, Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide)
Hypromellose (capsule shell), Magnesium Stearate
GNA Naturals uses magnesium that has:
Not been treated with ionizing radiation
Not been fumigated with Ethylene Oxide
Adults: One capsule daily.
What is magnesium role in the body, and why can it be harmful to be lacking in magnesium?
Quantity wise, magnesium is not the most present mineral in our bodies, but it’s definitely one of the most vital to our overall health. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in over 800 enzymatic reactions within the body. It is involved in over 300 biochemical reaction in our body, such as helping neurotransmitter functions, regulating heartbeat rhythms and reducing muscle cramps.
Magnesium is also required for the production of ATP (the main source of energy in our cells) and the production of DNA, RNA and proteins.
What is this essential mineral used for our bodies?
These are just some of the main functions of magnesium:
- Quality sleep
- Bone mineral density
- Muscle contraction and relaxation
- Stabilize blood glucose levels
- Mood and mental health
- Ease depression. anxiety, OCD & ADHD
- Decrease inflammation
- Helps with headaches and migraines
- Help to regulate blood pressure
- Helps to keep our bones strong
- Balances nitric oxide in our body
- Supports development / growth for babies and children
- Supports proper function of our nerves, tissue and muscles.
- Help prevent constipation by moving stools through the intestine
Why we should be taking Magnesium?
Although we only need small amounts of magnesium relative to other nutrients, we must regularly replenish our magnesium stores, either from food or supplements, in order to prevent magnesium deficiency.
The reason why we need magnesium on a day-to-day basis is because the body loses stores of magnesium every day from normal functions, such as muscle movement, heartbeat and hormone production.
Another interesting thing to note is that the kidneys primarily control levels of magnesium within the body and excrete magnesium into the urine each day, which is one reason why urinary excretion is reduced when magnesium and other electrolyte statuses are low.
Where to get your daily dose of Magnesium?
This essential mineral is naturally present in some foods, artificially added to other food items and is also available in supplement form.
Some of the excellent foods that naturally have magnesium include dark leafy greens like kale / spinach, red kidney beans, avocados and almonds. Even though it is better to get as much of magnesium as you can from food sources, taking a supplement may help some people who are more inclined to magnesium deficiency, such as athletes, the elderly and those under a lot of stress.
For many individuals, a deficiency in magnesium can cause some obvious negative symptoms. Some symptoms may be muscle spasms or cramps, constipation / poor digestion, depression / anxiety, insomnia and trouble sleeping. However, magnesium deficiency is frequently ignored and rarely tested. Hence, magnesium should be one of the most necessary supplements to take.
What are the symptoms of low magnesium in the body?
These are some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
- high blood pressure (hypertension) and other cardiovascular disease
- damage to the kidney and liver
- peroxynitrite damage that may lead to severe headaches, Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis
- nutrient deficiencies in vitamin K, B1, calcium and potassium because of absorption problems
- more prone to restless legs syndrome
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Mental confusion
- Kidney stones
- severe PMS symptoms
- behavioural disorders and mood swings
- trouble sleeping or insomnia
- more prone to osteoporosis
- tooth cavities
- muscle cramps and weakness
- low immune system
Why is magnesium deficiency so common in society now?
A couple of factors to why this deficiency is more relevant now:
- Soil depletion / unhealthy soil that contains no nutrients lowers the amount of magnesium present in crops
- Lower absorption of magnesium and other minerals in the gut due to digestive disorders
- Higher rates of prescription medication and antibiotic use, this can lead to the damage of our digestive tract to the point that magnesium can’t be absorbed in our bodies.
Those most at risk for magnesium deficiency include individuals who have:
- liver disorders or kidney dysfunction
- heart failure / cardiovascular diseases
- (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease
- frequent vomiting or constipation
Health authorities consider that one of the reasons taking a magnesium supplement is beneficial is because they help balance high levels of calcium that can build up in our body when we take calcium supplements regularly. Likewise, taking vitamin D3 supplements in high levels or being low in vitamin K2, can lower magnesium in our body and contribute to a deficiency in this mineral.
Since taking magnesium supplements have little risk for toxicity or side effects, many doctors / health care professionals recommend adults to take magnesium supplements daily to prevent any deficiency.
If you’re going to take a magnesium supplement, when should you take it?
The best time of day to take magnesium for most people is right before bed as it relaxes the body and can help with a better night’s sleep. It also may be a good idea to split doses, taking some in the morning and at night, which can help with absorption.
So overall, taking a magnesium supplement daily is a good idea to consider for our health as it plays a very important part in our bodies. GNA Naturals now offers a highly absorbable Magnesium Bisglycinate is a blend of Magnesium Bisglycinate, Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Oxide in a 205mg capsule.
(NIH) National Institutes of Health