Tag Archives: Magnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center

What’s Your Pain Management Strategy?

PainStrategyJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Often perceived as an age-related condition, chronic pain is linked to restricted mobility, lost productivity, anxiety, depression and reduced quality of life. It’s true that as people age, they are more likely to experience chronic pain, but pain is neither inevitable nor limited to the aging population. In fact, chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care. Chronic pain, defined as pain on most days or every day of the past six months, afflicts approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, or 50 million American adults. Another eight percent, or more than 19 million adults, experience high-impact or severe chronic pain that frequently limits work or life activities over the same time period.

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic pain has negative consequences on individuals, their families and society as a whole. While pain is a component of many chronic health conditions, chronic pain itself is now viewed as a health concern rather than a symptom of other ailments. Chronic pain has a distinct pathology, causing changes throughout the nervous system that may worsen over time. Pain can result from a combination of biological, psychological and social factors that require comprehensive approaches to treatment and management. While chronic pain is common in older adults, numerous studies have failed to find a direct relationship between pain and aging.

While many older adults attempt to ignore pain and try to “tough it out” in order to avoid prescription pain medications, ongoing pain can have powerful negative effects, particularly insomnia, distress, disability and depression. As such, good pain management is critically important, as stoicism regarding pain does not diminish its consequences over time nor help one to better tolerate it. Research does show that people often look to heathy living strategies for pain relief, as well as nonmedical approaches for pain management. Dependent upon one’s condition and the location and severity of the pain, there are some therapies that may benefit some people.

Complementary approaches for pain management

  • Physical therapy can be an effective first step in addressing common sources of pain, including the back, knees, and shoulders. A therapist works with you to create individualized exercises, stretches and body alignment positions that help relax tight muscles, decrease back and joint pain and improve range of motion.
  • Therapeutic massage can help ease pain by relieving muscle tension, stress and anxiety. Massage is particularly helpful for back and neck pain or during injury recovery.
  • Yoga or tai chi incorporate gentle movement with breath control and meditation to relax, stretch and strengthen the muscles. These techniques have been shown to help manage pain caused by a variety of conditions, such as headaches, arthritis or lingering injuries.
  • Keep moving. Gentle on the body aerobic activities like swimming, walking or cycling can help to break the cycle of pain and improve mobility in conditions including fibromyalgia and arthritis.
  • Relaxation techniques, such as meditation, mindfulness and breathing exercises, help to restore a sense of control and wellbeing by helping to normalize the stress response. Chronic stress, along with elevated stress hormones, can contribute to or worsen muscle tension and pain.
  • Science backed supplements with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that have shown to be beneficial in painful arthritic conditions include SAM-e, boswellia, turmeric, omega-3 fatty acids, ginger, alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, MSM and hyaluronic acid.

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

Advanced Pain...Advanced Pain Formula by Diamond Formulations: ON SALE This formula provides specific ingredients that support healthy joint function, encourage a normal stress and inflammatory response, support muscular relaxation to aid restful sleep and help relieve symptoms associated with minor aches and pains. Free of wheat, yeast, soy, gluten, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, animal products and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO  formulation.

Magnesium BalanceMagnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center®:          ON SALE This proprietary complex provides a blend of magnesium in chelated forms in support of healthy muscle and nerve function, cardiovascular health and energy production. 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 formulation.

MSM powderMSM Powder by Pure Encapsulations®: Each serving of MSM Powder provides 3 g of patented MSM, a naturally occurring sulfur compound that promotes healthy joints and assists in maintaining connective tissue health. Gluten free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic formulation.

Curcumin Pro-95Curcumin Pro-95 by Professional Supplement Center®:                   ON SALE Curcumin Pro-95 features BCM-95®, a 100% pure standardized turmeric extract and essential oils of turmeric rhizome. This natural composition optimizes bioavailability and reflects true turmeric identity to deliver optimal health benefits that include antioxidant cell-protective activity, relief of minor aches and pains, and support for cellular, joint, organ and brain health.

Those who are taking medication or have a medical condition should consult their healthcare provider before taking supplements containing turmeric.

Chronic Pain is a Chronic Condition, Not Just a Symptom. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3396080/
Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Adults — United States, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6736a2.htm
Aging: Are these 4 myths complicating care? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4356472/
8 non-invasive pain relief techniques that really work. https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/8-non-invasive-pain-relief-techniques-that-really-work


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.


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

Magnesium and Your Heart ♥

Magnesium and your heartJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Nearly half of the U.S. population is magnesium deficient, largely due to inadequate dietary intake, certain medications, health conditions and mineral excretion through urination. Seniors, who are more likely to take medications that can cause excessive magnesium loss, are at higher risk of magnesium deficiency. As well, magnesium absorption in the body decreases as we age, resulting in reduced stores of magnesium in the bones, where up to 60 percent of the body’s magnesium is found. Magnesium deficiency increases the risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks, strokes, and arrhythmias. This correctable deficiency exposes the aging population to an entirely preventable cardiac risk factor.

As an essential mineral, magnesium serves as a cofactor in hundreds of enzymatic processes, including normal heart contractions, blood pressure regulation, blood vessel function, glycemic control and lipid peroxidation, oxidative damage that affects lipoproteins and other lipid containing molecules. A commonly overlooked risk factor for heart disease, inadequate magnesium can affect the healthy functioning of the heart, blood vessels, blood cells and the neuromuscular system. Magnesium deficiency can result in endothelial dysfunction and hypertension, as well as insulin resistance, central to the development of type 2 diabetes.

  • Heart rhythm regulation: Low magnesium levels are associated with the development of heart rhythm abnormalities, particularly atrial fibrillation. As magnesium influences the movement of potassium, sodium and calcium across cell membranes, magnesium deficiency is often accompanied by potassium deficiency.
  • Hypertension: Magnesium plays a role in arterial smooth muscle contraction. Relaxing the muscles that control blood vessels allows blood to flow more freely, helping to stabilize blood pressure. Evidence indicates that the maintenance of optimal magnesium status may help to better control blood pressure.
  • Atherosclerosis: Magnesium deficiency has been shown to play a role in lipoprotein metabolism and may be a contributing factor to atherosclerosis, a cardiac risk factor. Data indicates that a low plasma level of magnesium increases LDL cholesterol concentrations and promotes inflammation. Oral magnesium therapy has been shown to improve endothelial function in individuals with coronary artery disease and may be useful in preventing atherosclerosis.
  • Inflammation: Low dietary intake of magnesium is a predisposing factor for chronic low-grade inflammation, a driver of obesity, excessive free radical production and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.
  • Blood sugar regulation: Poorly controlled blood sugar levels can harm blood vessels and lead to hardening of the arteries. Individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes face an elevated risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Keeping blood sugar, as well as blood pressure, under control is one the best ways to protect heart health.

Other contributing factors for deficiency include magnesium loss during food processing, gastrointestinal disease, type 2 diabetes and excess alcohol consumption. Additional health problems associated with low magnesium levels include insomnia, restless leg syndrome, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, stress and anxiety, migraine headaches and hormonal imbalance.

The importance of consuming a healthy diet cannot be understated when it comes to overall and cardiovascular health. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), magnesium should be considered a nutrient of significant concern for health and wellbeing. Dietary magnesium may be found in foods such as whole grains, beans, almonds, avocados, sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables. In general, foods high in fiber are good sources of magnesium and should be included in a glycemic friendly, heart friendly diet.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality sources of supplemental magnesium:

Magnesium BalanceMagnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center®:  ON SALE  This proprietary blend of Albion® TRAACS magnesium chelate and malate is designed to support cardiovascular, neuromuscular and bone heath, as well as energy production and healthy glucose metabolism. Free of wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and artificial preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Mag-MalateMag-Malate by Douglas Laboratories®: This formula provides highly bioavailable chelated magnesium in support of mitochondrial energy production, neuromuscular function and cardiovascular health. Soy free, vegan formulation.


Magnesium OrotateMagnesium Orotate by Priority One®: Magnesium Orotate provides a well absorbed source of magnesium to nutritionally support cardiovascular health. Magnesium supports a relaxed state of wellbeing and promotes women’s natural hormonal balance. Preservative free, Non-GMO formulation.


Tri-MagnesiumTri-Magnesium by NutraBioGenesis®: This formula supplies three highly bioavailable forms of magnesium in support of bone, cardiovascular and neuromuscular health, as well as healthy blood sugar metabolism.


Magnesium Potassium...Magnesium Potassium Aspartate with Taurine by Now® Foods: Specifically formulated to support cardiovascular and neuromuscular health, this synergistic formula provides bioavailable chelated forms of magnesium and potassium along with taurine, an amino acid cofactor. Free of sugar, salt, gluten, yeast, corn, soy, wheat and milk.

Magnesium for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  https://openheart.bmj.com/content/5/2/e000775
Dietary Magnesium and Cardiovascular Disease: A Review with Emphasis in Epidemiological Studies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5852744/
The Link Between Magnesium and Heart Health. https://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health-specialist/magnesium.aspx
Magnesium Supplements May Help to Lower Blood Pressure. https://www.livescience.com/55355-magnesium-blood-pressure.html
Ask the doctors: Can low magnesium level cause an arrhythmia? https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/ask-the-doctors-can-a-low-magnesium-level-cause-an-arrhythmia
Low magnesium and atherosclerosis: an evidence-based link. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12537993
Women: How Controlling Blood Sugar Benefits Your Heart. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_heart/know_your_risks/women-how-controlling-blood-sugar-benefits-your-heart