Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the body that 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 patients. While no cure for autism is known, magnesium and B6 supplementation has led to remarkable improvement in many cases. MagsmartTM contains this combination.
Magnesium plays a major role in the action of insulin. Magnesium supplements improve insulin response and glucose tolerance.
Studies have shown that up to 91 percent of 3,000 patients with chronic fatigue improved with magnesium and potassium supplementation. The beneficial effects were often seen after only four to five days of treatment.
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 affects mineral metabolism in bone by a combination of effects on hormones and other factors that regulate bone health. 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.
Which Magnesium Is Best?
Magnesium supplements are available in numerous salt forms as well as amino acid chelates. Magnesium oxide and citrates can cause diarrhea and are poorly absorbed. The magnesium in MAGsmart? is bound to the amino acid glycinate. This makes the magnesium better absorbed and it does not cause diarrhea. MAGsmartTM also contains B vitamins, taurine and other important nutrients for overall health.