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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.


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How Smoking Depletes Your Body of Vitamins. https://www.verywellmind.com/smoking-and-vitamin-depletion-2825319

Chronic Pain? Fatigue? Try Malic Acid

MalicAcidJacquie Eubanks RN BSN



Malic acid, a naturally occurring compound, is found in abundance in fruits and vegetables, especially tart, unripe apples and grapes where it gives a tart taste to wine. Because of this tartness, malic acid is commonly used as an economical food additive and flavor enhancer in foods such as sour candies, yogurts and fruit flavored drinks. As a result of its ability to block bacterial growth, malic acid is often used as a natural food preservative to prolong shelf life. Malic acid is essential ingredient in many OTC medications including throat lozenges and cough syrup, and is often found in mouthwash and toothpaste, where is helps to reduce dental decay and gum disease through its ability to stimulate saliva production.

As an alpha hydroxy acid, malic acid is often found in anti-aging skin care products. Applied topically, malic acid helps to rejuvenate the skin by removing dead skin cells and boosting collagen production, while unclogging pores, improving skin texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Often added to shampoos and hair conditioners, malic acid, helps to achieve an optimal acid-base pH balance. When taken as a supplement in appropriate amounts, malic acid’s health benefits include immune enhancement, oral health maintenance, and increased energy production.

Perhaps most importantly, included in the impressive list of beneficial uses, is the ability to help reduce pain. Along with increased energy production, pain reduction is frequently sought by those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. In the U.S., it is estimated that 100 million people may struggle with chronic pain. Of these, approximately 10 million, mostly women, may be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Those with fibromyalgia suffer from extreme fatigue that can interfere with normal life activities, and with widespread often debilitating chronic pain. Malic acid is a completely, natural organic compound present in all bodily cells that provides a natural alternative for healing and relieving pain. Malic acid plays a vital role in improving overall muscle performance, reversing muscle fatigue following exercise, reducing tiredness and poor energy levels and improving mental clarity.

While non-life threatening, fibromyalgia is chronic, and its symptoms vary widely from person to person, and may even fluctuate in a single individual. In most cases the symptoms never entirely disappear, and currently, while there are medical interventions, there is no cure. However proper self-care, including getting sufficient sleep and regular aerobic exercise, can improve symptoms and aid daily function. Those who consistently take malic acid in the form of magnesium malate have reported reduced muscle pain and soreness, along with a much needed energy boost. Magnesium malate is a blend of a highly absorbable form of magnesium, essential for cellular function, and malic acid, a completely natural substance that supports ATP energy production and reduces excess pain-causing lactic acid buildup in the muscles.

Research has shown that malic acid can help to ease pain caused by muscle and tissue hypoxia or insufficient oxygen levels in muscles. Even under low oxygen conditions, malic acid enhances cellular stamina and endurance by supporting ATP production. Aluminum toxicity is believed to play a role in fibromyalgia. In combination with magnesium, malic acid aids aluminum detoxification and helps prevent future aluminum buildup in the body. A number of specialists who have treated patients with a combination of magnesium and malic acid have found improved muscle heath and improved energy.

A case controlled study concluded that proper amounts of the essential nutrients magnesium and malic acid are critical to efficient energy production. Deficiencies in these nutrients may give rise to an inefficient anaerobic means of generating energy, resulting in an abnormal buildup of lactic acid causing muscle achiness and fatigue. In addition, researchers found that the pain relieving, energy producing, and mood stabilizing qualities of magnesium and malic acid can be particularly beneficial for people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplement that support energy metabolism and proper muscle function:

Myo Malate by Ortho MolecularMyo Malate by Ortho Molecular – This formula combines magnesium malate, malic acid and vitamin B6 to support enhanced endurance and stamina and reduce pain and fatigue in those with fibromyalgia. Gluten and soy free formulation.


Mag-Malate (MGM) by Douglas Laboratories

Mag-Malate (MGM) by Douglas Laboratories – This product provides a highly bioavailable form of magnesium plus malic acid to support mitochondrial energy production and neuromuscular function. Soy free, vegan formulation.


Magnesium Malate (Replaces Magnesium Malate Chelate) by Designs for HealthMagnesium Malate by Designs for Health – This formula provides di-magnesium malate, a highly bioavailable form of magnesium bound to malic acid in support of energy production. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.


Magnesium Malate 1000 mg by Now FoodsMagnesium Malate 1000 mg by Now Foods – This product provides magnesium malate along with calcium carbonate in support of energy production and metabolism, muscle contraction, nerve impulse transmission and bone mineralization. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.


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Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia. http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/fibromyalgia/