Are You Getting Enough Magnesium in Your Diet?
Magnesium is a mineral nutrient that’s fundamental to our health. Sadly, due to the Standard American Diet (SAD), magnesium is one of the minerals we typically don’t get enough of in the foods we eat. Taking a magnesium supplement can assist the brain and body in numerous ways…
Full Brain and Body Support
Magnesium is necessary for all our cells to make and use energy. It maintains our DNA and gene structure and is required for more than 600 enzyme reactions in the body.
This powerful nutrient helps to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and maintain normal heart rhythm and blood flow. Magnesium stimulates electrical activity in the brain and aids the brain’s ability to process information.
Magnesium is crucial for memory, learning and overall mental alertness. It promotes calmness under stress and encourages a relaxed state of mind, positive attitude, and better-quality sleep.
Magnesium is essential for a healthy pregnancy outcome.
Magnesium sustains healthy antioxidant status and improves our immune system defenses.
Magnesium protects against the damaging effects of calcium overload, which can include: abdominal pain, kidney stones and heart problems.
This potent nutrient builds up proper inflammation response and helps prevent the muscles from spasming after intense exercise. Magnesium maintains optimal vitamin D utilization and is necessary for bone and muscle strength at all ages.
This high-quality supplement can meet the increased magnesium requirements of those carrying additional weight.
Magnesium supports telomeres, the shoelace tip regions at the end of each chromosome, which are the genetic biomarkers of aging. This mineral serves to compensate for depletion caused by medications and is important for aging individuals who are losing their digestive efficiency.
Easy to Take, Tastes Great
Magnesium is vegan and has no sugar or magnesium oxide. It’s well-tolerated and has a great taste. This clinically proven source of magnesium is suitable for all ages.
Ingredients & Facts
BrainMD’s vegan Magnesium Chewables contain three magnesium compounds that are well absorbed and utilized by the body. All three – magnesium citrate, magnesium malate, and magnesium glycinate – provide magnesium atoms in positively charged ionic form (hereafter termed “mag”). These are pre-activated, ready for use by the brain and other organs.
All three of these magnesium compounds are well tolerated, safe to take long-term, and suitable for use by people of all ages. The glycinate form is likely absorbed by a unique process that bypasses normal digestion and may be helpful for users with digestive limitations. The citrate and malate readily provide charged mag atoms and can be used by our mitochondria to make ATP energy.
These tablets are free of magnesium oxide, commonly used in dietary supplements, which is very poorly absorbed and utilized. The other ingredients used to make these chewable tablets are all safe, well tolerated, and free of sugar, dairy, glutens, corn, egg, yeast, or other allergens, with no artificial colorings or flavorings.
|Serving Size 1 Tablet
Servings Per Container 60
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Magnesium (as citrate, malate, glycinate)||150 mg||38%|
|† Daily Value (DV) not established.|
|Other Ingredients: Xylitol, microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, stearic acid, natural orange flavor, curcuminoids.
SUGGESTED USE: Between meals, chew tablet then swallow with water, up to 4 tablets daily as desired. Children can take 1 tablet per day per 40 lbs body wt. Higher intakes may be beneficial under the supervision of a nutritionally-informed physician.
Magnesium is a mineral nutrient crucial for health.1-3 It is essential for our energy enzymes, for thousands of other enzymes, and for transporters, receptors, and signaling molecules that power our brain and other organs. Many of these are vital for life.2 Magnesium is important for our DNA, genes and chromosomes to work.4 The modern diet is low in magnesium, so taking a well-formulated magnesium supplement is good nutritional health insurance.
Essential for all our cells to make and use energy. More than 300 human enzymes need magnesium to function, including practically every enzyme that makes or uses ATP (adenosine triphosphate, our “energy currency”).2 Charged magnesium atoms (“mag”) bond with ATP molecules to ready them for use by the energy enzymes. ATP energy drives essentially all our life processes.1
Fundamental to our DNA, genes, chromosomes, telomeres. The production of DNA and the “reading-out” of the genes, followed by the production of proteins specified by the genes, all require magnesium.1,2 Magnesium is deeply involved in higher-level (epigenetic) gene regulation, including maintenance of telomeres, the caps on the ends of the chromosomes that are believed to be good markers for health and longevity.4
Critical for brain connectivity and information processing. Mag atoms also make specific “fits” into thousands of other enzymes, receptors, transporters and other proteins to activate them for managing our life processes.1,2,5 The brain with its hundreds of billions of cells is an energy-guzzling organ, requiring huge amounts of ATP, and it needs mag not just for energy but for its processing information functions via trillions of nerve cell connections (synapses).1,6 Mag is fundamental to the routine working of synapses and to the regulation of their activity.
Important for memory, learning concentration, mood, behavior, personality. Magnesium is a foundational nutrient for the brain’s electrical and other activity that underlies memory, learning, attention, and other cognition as well as mood, behavior, and personality.1-3,7 It contributes to helping the brain minimize anxiousness when under stress.7 Magnesium also facilitates the brain’s “plasticity” – its capacity to adapt to functional challenges.6
Magnesium enables brain functions from the most basic to the most sophisticated. It is vital for protecting the brain cells against damaging calcium overload due to “over-stimulation” of particular circuits.2 It helps keep the blood-brain barrier tight, to prevent unwanted agents from entering the brain.8 And all its contributions to brain health are mirrored in the heart and other organs.
Vital for healthy heart rhythm, blood flow, blood pressure. Having a healthy brain calls for having a healthy heart: the brain needs constant high blood flow to deliver the large amounts of oxygen and nutrients that it needs. And like the brain, the heart and blood vessels absolutely depend on magnesium for their activity.1,2,9
For the heart to continue beating, a short burst of calcium initiates each beat cycle.1 Magnesium is also required, to delicately regulate calcium’s stimulation activity and so ensure the heartbeat process is appropriately initiated, propagated and terminated.1,2 In the heart and circulation, as with practically every brain process, every heartbeat, every blood vessel contraction or relaxation, overall blood vessel tone and blood pressure control, all require magnesium.2,3,10 The more mag available to the cardiovascular system, the better it can serve the brain.
Crucial for muscles, bones, and other organs. Magnesium also helps maintain healthy tone and rhythm in the body’s skeletal (“voluntary”) muscles,11 as well as the “involuntary” muscles that line the stomach and intestinal tract, bladder, rectum, and other tissues.1,11 Magnesium insufficiency is linked to poor muscle tone and greater chance of cramping or spasm.11 Most of the body’s magnesium is actually in the bones, where it is essential for healthy bone matrix, the normal structural foundation for calcium deposition.2 Higher mag intake is linked to lower risk of bone fracture.12
Clinical trials and meta-analyses confirm magnesium’s diverse benefits. So much clinical research data is now available on magnesium’s health benefits that “meta-analyses” are being done. These increase statistical power to detect benefit by pooling the data from multiple clinical trials. Current meta-analyses strongly indicate higher magnesium levels are important for healthy blood pressure and other cardiovascular health,13,14 for healthy blood sugar status,15 and for maintaining healthy CRP levels,16 a marker of inflammatory response.
Clinical evidence also links low magnesium intakes to other brain, heart and circulatory, bone and joint problems.17 People with intestinal or kidney problems, people who drink, those with poor blood sugar control, and the elderly are more likely to be magnesium-deficient.18 Clinical studies continue to document new benefits from magnesium supplementation.
Pregnant and lactating women require adequate magnesium both for the baby’s development and for the mother’s health.18 Recent research has confirmed magnesium is important for healthy utilization of vitamin D.19 Its importance for countering possible toxicity from calcium is well established. Yet a majority of Americans may not be getting enough magnesium in their diet.
Widespread insufficiencies of magnesium dietary intake. The U.S. Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts ongoing in-depth surveys of the health and nutritional habits of Americans. Their most current data indicate that as many as 4 in 5 Americans aren’t achieving the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for magnesium.17 Some leafy-green vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans are good magnesium foods, but dietary intake has declined by at least 40% in the last 4 decades due to changes in food harvesting and processing, water purification, and overall dietary habits.18
BrainMD’s Magnesium Chewables are sugar-free and pleasant tasting. Each provides a hefty 150 milligrams of magnesium. We recommend chewing one tablet at a time then swallow with water. Sweating during workouts and sports activities removes magnesium, so chewing one or two tablets afterward is a good idea. Muscle cramping or spasms in the head or limbs also may be eased by this safe, high-dose magnesium supplement, and sleep quality is likely to improve. This supplement also can replace magnesium depleted by some medications and help overweight individuals who typically need more magnesium.
Magnesium is finally getting the respect it deserves, as a mineral nutrient vital for life and health.
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