Magnesium is essential for maintaining good health and is required for everything from exercise performance to heart health and brain function. It is present in foods such as spinach, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, beans and nuts. Dietary magnesium is absorbed mainly from the small intestine, large intestine and the kidneys. It is stored primarily in the bones, skeletal muscles, and soft tissues.
Why we need magnesium: Magnesium is essential in our body metabolism as a cofactor for more than 300 enzymes in the body. This mineral is involved in numerous cellular processes ranging from the synthesis of essential neurotransmitters to the production and release of cellular energy in the form of Adenine triphosphate (ATP). Magnesium, acting in balance with calcium, is fundamental in muscle contraction, heartbeat, regulation of blood pressure and insulin and glucose metabolism. It helps lower cortisol and aids in stress reduction and a restful night’s sleep. Magnesium is important for optimum immune function and it helps the body to absorb and use micronutrients such as vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Magnesium deficiency can occur in older adults, and in individuals with digestive or kidney diseases, diabetes or alcohol consumption. In addition, pregnant and lactating women are prone to magnesium deficiency, which is not easily detected. It is manifested by vague complaints such as fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, mood changes, sleep disturbances, a sense of tingling, muscle spasms, and insomnia. Therefore, supplemental magnesium is important. But not all magnesium supplements are equal.
Most common forms of magnesium (Mg) supplements are: Mg citrate, Mg glycinate, Mg oxide, Mg chloride, Mg sulphate (Epsom salt), Mg hydroxide and Mg L-threonate. Many of these supplements have limitations such as poor absorption, gastrointestinal discomfort including diarrhea, dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, or intolerable chalky taste, and it can be expensive. Certain artificial forms of magnesium may also interact with medicines including diuretics, and certain antibiotics.
Dr. Rath’s Phyto-Magnesium is different than many other magnesium supplements because this is the most natural form of magnesium obtained from the seawater and marine red algae collected from the pristine North Atlantic waters near Ireland. The magnesium obtained from red algae is in the form of magnesium hydroxide which is known for its excellent bioavailability and highest absorption rates among other magnesium salts and contains a wide spectrum of seawater essential minerals and trace elements in their natural forms. It is best tolerated and preferred by people with dietary restrictions or those who choose to follow a vegan diet. Ethically harvested from sustainable resources, marine magnesium is minimally processed and closely resembles the natural balance in the human body.
Dr. Rath’s Phyto-Magnesium has multiple health benefits and is available as an effervescent powder with a pleasant taste. Supplementing with Dr. Rath’s Phyto-Magnesium is the best health choice.