Most people know that adequate calcium intake is essential for healthy bone formation. Since calcium is the primary mineral found in bones, it has been added to many foods in order to ensure our population does not have a deficiency. For decades marketing campaigns by dairy farmers and family doctors have been advocating high levels of calcium in order to build bones and prevent osteoporosis. In 2011, the benefits of calcium were called into question when a research study found that calcium supplementation was linked to a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes (1). This news sent shock-waves through
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in the body. It is involved in over 300 biochemical processes, making it vitally important for all cellular functions. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, maintains a regular heart rhythm, supports immune system health, and keeps bones strong. Unfortunately, most people do not sustain sufficient levels of magnesium for optimal health.
Considering the pivotal role that magnesium plays in cellular signaling and energy production it is no surprise that research has linked low levels of the mineral to numerous health conditions. Supplementing with magnesium has been shown to improve symptoms in several health conditions including: hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic pain, depression, asthma, and osteoporosis.
Low levels of magnesium in food and in poor quality supplements makes obtaining the proper amount of magnesium a challenge. Even though magnesium is one of the most widely used supplements in the natural health product market, but there is a large difference in quality between products. Most supplements use magnesium oxide, which is a poorly absorbed form of magnesium that acts as a laxative.
Lower quality products include magnesium oxide because it is cheaper, and inflates the amount of magnesium stated on the label. But magnesium oxide doesn’t provide the full benefit of amino acid forms and it often causes loose stools at lower doses.
A comprehensive and high quality magnesium supplement:
- Will be 100% fully reacted which means it only contains 100% pure Mg2+ + molecule it is attached to. There will be no magnesium oxide present. Beware labels which state “magnesium chelate” which is often code for “mixed with Mg oxide.” Magnesium glycinate in doses over 100 mg per capsule is often mixed with Mg oxide even though the label may not disclose it.
- Look for an amino acid form such as glycinate or malate because it is well absorbed via active transport in the small intestine and the attached amino acid has added therapeutic value
- Respects the physiology of Mg2+. Magnesium works in tandem with trace minerals, vitamins and nutrients in the body’s physiology. Many cellular processes not only require magnesium but also trace minerals such as zinc and potassium. The ultimate magnesium product would also contain these synergistic nutrients.
Introducing Magnesium Synergy
AOR’s Magnesium Synergy offers the two most effective and well-tolerated forms of magnesium, magnesium glycinate and magnesium malate, in combination with supporting minerals and taurine, which optimize the function of magnesium. All minerals are in amino acid forms to increase absorption and to decrease digestive upset.
This optimized magnesium formulation results in a more effective magnesium supplement that improves blood flow, reduces tense muscles, promotes relaxation and replenishes lost electrolytes.
Magnesium glycinate provides the calming and relaxing effect of both glycine and magnesium. This combination has been used successfully to alleviate insomnia, chronic pain and muscle tension.
The combination of Magnesium and Malate has been shown in two clinical studies to reduce pain and increase function in fibromyalgia patients by increasing cellular energy production.
Magnesium Synergy also contains the active form of Vitamin B6 called pyridoxyl-5’-phosphate (P-5-P), which is five times more absorbable than standard B6. Vitamin B6 increases absorption of magnesium into each cell where it is needed most.
Magnesium and the amino acid taurine have similar effects; both reduce blood pressure, stabilize the transmission of nerve cells reducing hyper excitability and improve heart muscle contraction. Low levels of vitamin B6 have been shown to deplete both magnesium and taurine.
Magnesium Synergy also contains potassium and trace minerals, including zinc, copper, manganese and silicon in well absorbed amino acid forms. These minerals enhance the function of magnesium in both producing cellular energy and optimizing pH in the mitochondria. The following chart shows the benefits of each trace mineral.
Complementary actions to Mg for immunity and mood. Regulates “calming” receptors in brain along with Mg
Copper promotes balanced cholesterol levels and supports immunity, depleted in zinc supplementation
Increases glutathione production, detoxification, immunity Helps keeps Mg inside cells
Helps regulate blood sugar, helping to reduce sugar craving
Essential for tendon and ligament repair
Helps regulate the metabolism of minerals such as copper, magnesium, iron and calcium. Also helps break down sulfites to reduce sulfite sensitivity
If you are looking for a comprehensive magnesium for daily use, after working out as a effective electrolyte or you need magnesium to address a chronic health condition look no further. Magnesium Synergy is available as a great tasting powder for optimal dosing.