Magnesium. Why is it so tough to get enough?
Magnesium is one of those hard working minerals that simply doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Health Canada says almost half of all Canadians are deficient in this crucial mineral, which can lead to symptoms such as restless legs, muscle cramps, migraines, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, to name a few.
Since it is ‘technically’ a metal, it can be difficult for your body to properly absorb all the magnesium it needs in order to function optimally. I mean, you can’t just go and start gnawing on a hunk of magnesium and have it work - plus, that could cause some serious damage to your teeth…
In order to make magnesium easier to digest, most supplement makers - like CanPrev, bond it with a number of organic materials such as citric acid and malic acid. This tends to make the magnesium, like that of CanPrev Magnesium BisGlycinate much easier to absorb. That being said, not all magnesium supplements are created equal.
Even traditionally magnesium-rich foods like leafy green vegetables and whole grains may not be good sources of magnesium. Why? They are grown in nutrient-depleted soil, thanks to modern agricultural practices. Studies have shown that one of the effects of industrialized agriculture is that our soil has slowly lost its magnesium content over time. Unfortunately, This means that the same vegetables we eat today may very well have less magnesium than they did 10 years ago.
Processed foods, which dominate the grocery aisles - have even less. For example, further refining can remove up to 97% of magnesium from foods like breads and pasta. And our water supply? Municipal water treatment usually removes most, if not all, of the mineral content.
While most sources have been stripped of their magnesium content, it is comforting to know there are still some magnesium-rich options. For example, a handful of dry roasted almonds can provide up to 80 milligrams of magnesium. That’s 20% of the recommended daily intake.
Modern life causes our bodies to expend and excrete more magnesium. For example, when we’re stressed, magnesium is expended to produce cortisol. If you’re a regular on our blog, you’d remember a great article we have about the ugly effects that high cortisol levels can have on the body. Additionally, alcohol consumption and blood sugar sensitivity may cause the kidneys to eliminate more magnesium.
Does magnesium glycinate cause diarrhea?
Some forms of magnesium are poorly absorbed, which can lead to stomach upset and diarrhea. So, whether it’s from phosphates in soda or gastrointestinal conditions like IBS, many facets of our lives can impair the absorption of the magnesium we do get. Drug-induced nutrient depletion is also widespread. Diuretic antihypertensives and mineral-binding antibiotics can block magnesium before your gut even has a chance to absorb it.
Magnesium deficiency: Is there a test for that?
Because it is stored in the cells and in bone minerals, a magnesium deficiency is not something that normally shows up in a blood panel. So it is important to be familiar with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
Signs you are not getting enough magnesium.
Prone to migraines? Anxiety keeping you up at night? What may seem like everyday aches and pains could point to magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium - why it’s essential to your health:
From protein synthesis to cellular metabolism, every cell in your body uses magnesium. It powers 800 different biochemical reactions in your body!
Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function. 65% of magnesium is found in the bones and the rest in the cells. Only a small amount is found in the blood. It helps produce ATP - which is essential to the metabolic activity in each cell.
Some magnesium bisglycinate health benefits include:
- Regulating heart rhythm and helping maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
- Keeping muscles functioning normally.
- Plays a key role in building strong bones and teeth, aids in calcium absorption.
- Relaxes muscles and nerves, calms the mind.
CanPrev’s Magnesium Bis-Glycinate, contains as much as 20% more elemental magnesium than other magnesium supplements. It is said to restore magnesium to optimum levels and help fuel all the important functions the body needs it to perform. Magnesium Bis-Glycinate 200 Gentle offers a potent, therapeutic dose of 200mg of pure elemental magnesium in a form known for its superior absorption and gentleness on the bowels - all in easy to swallow vegetable capsule or powder with no fillers.
Sources from foods
Magnesium is found naturally in many common foods. Most people can get the recommended daily dosage by incorporating magnesium-rich foods into their daily diet.
Common foods that contain magnesium include:
- Legumes, nuts, seeds
- Whole grains
- Spinach and other leafy vegetables
- Fortified breakfast cereals and other fortified foods
- Milk, yogurt, and other milk products
Because it is so important to our health, it is essential to make sure we get enough magnesium in our diet. By adding a few leafy greens or tossing a handful of nuts on a salad, foods high in magnesium are easy to incorporate into even the busiest lifestyle.
As always, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your healthcare provider to help determine your own optimal level of magnesium, and to see whether magnesium supplementation is right for you. We have a great promotion, featuring CanPrev Magnesium BisGlycinate that may be of benefit to you. CanPrev’s line of premium natural health products are designed to deliver more!
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