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Magnesium, A Common Deficiency

30 May, 2017| 1 Comments WRITE A COMMENT

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We've been working on this dynamic duo for months and are thrilled to introduce two new additions to our lineup, Soft Magnesium and Vitamin K2! First up, let's talk about magnesium, an important mineral that you're probably not getting enough of.

A common deficiency with few symptoms

Magnesium is the second most prevalent nutritional deficiency in developed countries, behind vitamin D, because few of us get enough magnesium-rich foods in our diets. Great food sources include legumes, nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables.

Magnesium plays an important role in maintaining overall health, and a deficiency does not typically present obvious symptoms. People who are at the highest risk for deficiency include those with gastrointestinal issues.

Emerging studies show that magnesium can also support healthy blood pressure, may reduce the risk of insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes, and also promote bone density for healthy bones.

Superior bioavailability and absorption

We use a form of magnesium known as bisglycinate chelate, buffered with a small amount of oxide. Bisglycinate chelate is made with glycinate, an amino acid, and has been shown to be significantly better absorbed than the most common form, magnesium oxide, which is the most common type used in supplements and laxatives.

It's a fine line to walk between using the most optimal forms but also providing enough elemental magnesium to meet the recommended daily intakes, about 320 mg for women and 400 mg for men. We use a tiny amount of oxide to buffer the bisglycinate chelate. This allows us to provide 400 mg of magnesium in a reasonable dose of two pills rather than four — at a fair price.

Best time to take it

The best time to take Soft Magnesium is at night, as it helps our muscles relax and get ready for a restful night's sleep. Minerals tend to compete with each other for absorption in the body, so don't take it with other minerals in the daytime. Better yet, take magnesium with our Ultra EPA+DHA and Daily D3 — the fatty acids help with absorption and magnesium works well with vitamin D.

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Basso LE, et al Effect of magnesium supplementation on the fractional intestinal absorption of 45CaCl2 in women with a low erythrocyte magnesium concentration. Metabolism. (2000)

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PatrickDec 09, 2017 at 11:00 am

So does your product contain 400mg elemental magnesium per serving (2 capsules)?

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