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Magnesium Roles Defined

MagnesiumJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

A vital regulator of basic health, magnesium is an essential cofactor required in over 300 enzymatic reactions. Magnesium is necessary for the biological function of numerous metabolic pathways, including energy production, mineral balance and synthesis of RNA and DNA. As well, magnesium plays a role in protein synthesis, muscle contraction, nerve function, blood glucose control, cardiac excitability and blood pressure regulation. It is the fourth most common macro-mineral in the human body after calcium, sodium and potassium, all of which are essential for the delicate balance necessary for cellular communication, homeostasis and optimal health.

Much of the magnesium stored in the body resides in the bone, followed by muscle and soft tissue, with less than one percent found in blood serum. In fact, the cells of a healthy heart may contain as much as ten times the amount found in the blood. This mighty mineral influences normal neurological function, the release of neurotransmitters, ATP metabolism and muscle contraction and relaxation. It is a required element for enzyme stabilization, glucose utilization and the synthesis of fats, proteins, nucleic acids and coenzymes. Magnesium’s role in the healthy balance, or homeostasis, of important electrolytes affects the conduction of nerve impulses, muscle contractions and heart rhythms.

Magnesium deficiency is a common and widespread cause of everyday mental and physical health problems and has been found to be an important determinant in the widespread epidemic of chronic disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as much as 75 percent of American adults do not meet the USDA daily recommended magnesium intake of 420 mg. The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are subtle, unless levels are severely low. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), low intake of magnesium is the most common mineral deficiency in the U.S. Yet, surprisingly, magnesium deficiency is an often overlooked health issue. Deficiency can result in fatigue, sleep disturbances, irregular heartbeat and muscle cramps, twitches, and weakness, as well as increased risk of depression, osteoporosis, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Factors that can increase risk of deficiency:

  • Diminished levels of dietary magnesium in many processed and some nonorganic foods.
  • Common staples of the American diet, such as meat, sugar and refined white flour contribute less than 20 percent of the daily requirement.
  • Cooking and boiling of produce results in a significant decline of magnesium content.
  • Reduced absorption resulting from gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s or celiac disease.
  • Many widely used medications reduce magnesium levels, including antibiotics, antacids, antihistamines and diuretics, as well as blood pressure and cardiac medications.
  • Excess excretion of magnesium with alcohol use.
  • Commonly used pesticides, which potentially decrease magnesium content in soil and crops.
  • Normal aging that can decrease magnesium absorption by as much as 30 percent.
  • Chronic low intake as a result of poor food choices, including increased processed foods, reduced whole foods and demineralized water.
  • As magnesium is a known modulator of calcium, supplementing with calcium can lead to magnesium deficiency. This is because both minerals compete for entrance into cells, affecting cellular process balance.
  • Increased perspiration due to physical activity, heat or humidity, resulting in mineral loss.
  • Smoking, which depletes essential vitamins and minerals, as well as increases free radical cellular damage.

Adding more mineral-rich whole foods to the daily diet, including green vegetables, nuts, seeds and unprocessed cereals and grains, can help to ensure adequate magnesium levels. Legumes, fruits, meats and fish, as well as antioxidant-rich raw vegetables and greens, are good dietary sources. As a macro-mineral, magnesium is essential for life and is required in relatively large amounts. Supplementing with magnesium is often indicated for those who are physically active, those known to have nutrient absorption issues and underlying health conditions, as well as individuals over 60 years of age. As deficiency affects calcium metabolism and hormones that regulate calcium, magnesium sufficiency may help improve bone mineral density and help prevent osteoporosis. Increasing dietary magnesium may positively influence insulin sensitivity, thereby also helping to control blood glucose levels.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality magnesium supplements in support of optimal health and function:

Magnesium BalanceMagnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center®: This proprietary formula provides a blend of patented Albion® TRAACS® magnesium lysinate glycinate and chelated di-magnesium malate for enhanced absorption. Malic acid from di-magnesium malate supports energy production, as well antioxidant enzymes. Together these forms of magnesium support cardiovascular and bone health, healthy muscle function, nerve conduction and glucose metabolism. Free of wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Magnesium (glycinate...Magnesium Glycinate by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formula provides a highly bioavailable form of magnesium chelate in support of carbohydrate, amino acid and fat metabolism, energy production, cardiac health and enzyme activation. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Magnesium MalateMagnesium Malate by Designs for Health®: This professional formula provides bioavailable magnesium as magnesium malate in support of enzymatic processes, energy production and magnesium sufficiency. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

References:
Subclinical magnesium deficiency: a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5786912/
7 Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms
The Importance of Magnesium in Clinical Healthcare. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5637834/
Magnesium basics. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4455825/
How Smoking Depletes Your Body of Vitamins. https://www.verywellmind.com/smoking-and-vitamin-depletion-2825319

The Importance of Electrolyte Balance

ElectrolytesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Unless you are an athlete, weekend warrior or sports enthusiast, the importance of electrolytes to the body’s overall healthy functioning may not be foremost on your mind. However, the maintenance of proper electrolyte balance is not just for athletes, as all bodily cells rely on electrolytes to control cell membrane stability, hydration and pH balance regulation. Healthy individuals who are consuming an electrolyte-rich diet, as well as properly hydrating, are the most likely to maintain balanced levels of electrolytes. Electrolytes allow for cellular communication and carry the electrical charges necessary for the nerve impulses that stimulate muscle contractions, including the steady life-supportive heartbeat. Electrolytes are vital for adequate function of the nervous, cardiac, digestive and muscular systems, as well as for a stable, balanced internal environment, or homeostasis.

Disturbances in electrolyte balance can interfere with bodily functions and have a harmful effect on health. Imbalances are often a result of body fluid loss, or dehydration, due to prolonged sweating, symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea, as well as certain medications. If you are an avid exerciser, get into the habit of drinking water in the hours before, during and after physical activity. To rehydrate after exercise, drink water relatively slowly. Drinking a lot of water quickly results in increased urination, which can actually slow the rehydration process. For electrolyte loss due to an acute intestinal illness, high outdoor temperature, intense exercise or strenuous physical activity, a drink containing electrolytes will help rehydrate the body more quickly than water alone.

The electrolytes most important to healthy function include sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, phosphate and magnesium. These and other essential minerals dissolve in fluid and separate into positively and negatively charged ions that perform a variety of metabolic functions. Some assist in the transmission of electrical impulses along cell membranes in neurons and muscles. Others help to stabilize protein structures in enzymes.  Still others aid in endocrine hormone secretion. All ions present in plasma contribute to equalizing the movement of water between cells and their environment. Without electrolytes, cells could not communicate or perform essential functions.

Electrolyte concentrations are tightly regulated by the kidneys, which filter water and electrolytes from the blood, some of which is returned and the rest secreted in urine. Electrolyte balance whether too high or too low can result in symptoms of heart rhythm disturbances, such as an irregular or quickened heartbeat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, intestinal issues and seizures. If electrolyte balance is disturbed, disorders including high or low blood pressure can develop. Electrolyte disorders, commonly found in individuals who have abnormal kidney function, adrenal insufficiency or diabetes insipidus, require professional treatment.

If you’re feeling faint after a workout, an imbalance could be the underlying cause. A well-managed diet that includes fruits and vegetables, dairy, beans and whole grain breads, as well consuming a moderate amount of an electrolyte-infused drink after exercise or physical exertion can help to limit the impact of losing electrolytes though perspiration or illness. High in potassium, coconut water is helpful as well, especially for older adults who may be taking medications that reduce potassium concentrations in the blood. To aid electrolyte balance, stay well hydrated and include foods that are good sources of electrolytes, such as watermelon, pomegranates, oranges, cucumber, tart cherries, bananas, beets, strawberries, celery, lemons and mangoes.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements for electrolyte replenishment:

Electrolyte/Energy...Electrolyte/Energy Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic powdered formula provides sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium and magnesium that replenish electrolytes lost during exercise to support hydration, as well as promote stamina during strenuous or prolonged exercise. Additional ingredients include vitamin C to enhance tissue recovery and l-tyrosine to support mental focus and physical endurance. For those on the go, this formula is also available in convenient Single Serving Stick Packs. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Ultima Replenisher...Ultima Replenisher™ Balanced Electrolyte Powder: Available in a variety of natural fruit flavors, this popular product provides a blend of six electrolytes and supportive minerals that work synergistically to support complete hydration without stomach upset. Free of gluten, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors and artificial colors. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Ultima Replenisher...Ultima Replenisher™ Balanced Electrolyte Powder Drink Variety Stick Packs: For on-the-go hydration, these single serve stick packs contain a perfect balance of six electrolytes plus synergistic minerals to support optimal hydration. Pack contains 20 sticks of assorted natural fruit flavors. Free of gluten, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors and artificial colors. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Electrolyte SynergyElectrolyte Synergy™ By Designs for Health®: This complete and balanced powdered electrolyte professional formula is designed to promote optimal hydration, especially after excessive perspiration. Ingredients include potassium, sodium, chloride and magnesium blended with synergistic compounds quercetin, citrus bioflavonoids and vitamin C. Natural citrus flavor, stevia sweetened. Gluten free.

References:
26.3 Electrolyte Balance. http://library.open.oregonstate.edu/aandp/chapter/26-3-electrolyte-balance/
Everything you need to know about electrolytes. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153188.php
All About Electrolyte Disorders. https://www.healthline.com/health/electrolyte-disorders
Electrolytes: Definition, Functions, Imbalance and Sources. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/electrolytes

Energetix® – Featured Brand

EnergetixSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Since 1997, Energetix® has formulated highly-integrated nutritional, botanical and homeopathic products that address complex health concerns associated with an increasingly imbalanced and toxic environment. Their non-suppressive, therapeutic formulas are designed to provide the tools for nutritive and preventive strategies that support overall wellness and vitality. To provide unique innovative solutions that respect the body’s innate wisdom, all products are designed with synergistic, bioavailable, meticulously sourced ingredients. To ensure the highest quality, products are manufactured according to cGMP standards in an FDA-registered NSF-certified facility. All raw materials are tested and screened for purity, potency, identity and contaminants. During manufacturing, products are tested to ensure accuracy and consistency. Final products are tested a third time to verify potency and purity. According to the principles of homeopathy, homeopathic remedies ignite the body’s own healing response in order to nourish health and homeostasis.

To see more products from Energetix®, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

Adrenal-ToneAdrenal-Tone: This liquid combination formula is designed to address symptoms of adrenal stress. Adrenal-Tone is formulated with homeopathically prepared adaptogenic herbs to address symptoms related to adrenal imbalances, such as fatigue, weakness, sleeplessness and cravings.

 

Colon ClearColon Clear: This nutritional herbal supplement combines wildcrafted and organic botanicals traditionally used to promote normal intestinal and bowel function, as well as maintain regularity. To help with occasional bloating, pressure and constipation, Colon Clear provides organic ingredients, such as slippery elm bark, sage and dandelion leaf, as well as wildcrafted ginger, black walnut hulls and cascara sagrada bark. Gluten free.

 

Phyto B ComplexPhyto B Complex: This nutritional supplement provides a bioavailable source of multiple methylated B vitamins combined with adaptogenic herb, rhodiola rosea. Benefits include support for energy production, macronutrient metabolism and healthy mood, as well as brain, nervous system and endocrine system function. Gluten free.

 

D3-K2 LipoSprayD3-K2 LipoSpray: This synergistic blend of bioavailable vitamin D3, as cholecalciferol, and vitamin K2, as menaquinone, is formulated to support calcium uptake regulation, as well as the maintenance of skeletal, dental and cardiovascular system integrity.

 

Relief-ToneRelief-Tone: This broad-use homeopathic combination is designed as a healing strategy to stimulate the body’s response to pain, inflammation and recovery after physical trauma. Relief-Tone is formulated for the temporary relief of symptoms of wounds, bruises, sprains, aches, swelling, cramps or other injuries.