Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the body that is needed for more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It is necessary for many organs and tissues to function properly. Eighty percent of Canadians are deficient in this important mineral. Deficiency has been implicated in cardiovascular disease, behavioral problems, diabetes, chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, muscular complaints, osteoporosis and PMS. We cannot get our daily requirement from food.
Epidemiologic studies have linked low magnesium and the increased frequency of heart disease and cardiovascular deaths. High blood pressure is associated with low magnesium levels and simply adding magnesium will aid normalization of blood pressure, especially in women.
Magnesium deficiency occurs more frequently in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than in healthy children. Studies show that magnesium supplementation reduces ADHD symptoms in children. In one such study, a combination of magnesium and vitamin B6 was shown to reduce symptoms such as physical aggressiveness, instability, and poor attention at school in all study participants (52 children) after one to six months of treatment. Magnesium, together with vitamin B6, may also be beneficial for autistic persons.
Magnesium plays a major role in the action of insulin. Magnesium supplements improve insulin response and glucose tolerance.
Headaches due to muscle tension are associated with low magnesium. To evaluate the effects of supplemental magnesium, 81 patients with migraines (average attack frequency 3.6 per month) were given magnesium glycinate or placebo for 12 weeks. By weeks nine to 12, the attack frequency was reduced by 42 percent in the magnesium group compared to 16 percent in the placebo group.
All muscles need magnesium to relax. A deficiency in magnesium increases muscle tension, muscle cramps, tics, restless leg syndrome, night muscle spasms and twitches.
Research indicates that magnesium is as important as calcium in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Magnesium improves the action of cells that build bone and reduces the action of cells that break down bone.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Several studies show magnesium is essential for the management of PMS (weight gain, swelling, breast tenderness, and abdominal bloating) and PMS-related mood changes. Women on the birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy also become deficient in magnesium as the drugs deplete magnesium.
Which Magnesium Is Best?
Magnesium bisglycinate is magnesium bound to the amino acid glycine. This binding makes the magnesium highly absorbable. For example you would have to take 4 times the amount of magnesium citrate to get the equivalent amount of magnesium bisglycinate. The bisglycinate form of magnesium does not require stomach acid for absorption as it passes into the cell via its amino acid transport, which means even those with poor digestion or absorption get the benefits.
Unlike magnesium oxide and citrates, which have a laxative effect, magnesium bisglycinate does not cause diarrhea. Magnesium bisglycinate is an excellent choice for aiding those with low moods, anxiety or migraine headaches. MAGsmart also contains B vitamins, taurine and other important nutrients for overall health.