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Let's Talk About Magnesium

Updated: May 11, 2022

Magnesium is an essential nutrient that is involved in over 300 enzymic reactions in the body and did you know that approximately 1 in 3 people are magnesium deficient?

Magnesium is an NMDA receptor blocker, a pre-cursor to GABA and other neurotransmitters, is a co-factor in energy production and neuromuscular transmission. Deficiencies have been linked with an array of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, sympathetic dominance and addiction. But did you know that not all forms of magnesium are the same? Some forms have affinity for specific body systems due to the concentration of that particular form is certain organs. Some forms are more readily absorbed than others as well. Here is a bit of info on the varying forms.

Magnesium Oxide

Very poorly absorbed in the body (only around 6 % is utilised). Can be used for its laxative effects rather than its nutritional content.

Magnesium Glycinate

Elemental magnesium is binded with the amino acid glycine. Glycine is often used as a stand alone treatment for anxiety and improving sleep. This combination is highly absorbed in the body and can exert calming effects on the nervous system, helping to shift the body out of the sympathetic “fight or flight” stress response.

Magnesium Citrate

Also well absorbed in the body, is common in many formulations. Accumulates in significant amounts in the muscles and can help specifically with cramping.

Magnesium Orotate

Also well absorbed, has an affinity for the cardiovascular system due to its high concentration in the heart. Has a unique role in the energy production pathways in the heart and blood vessel tissue.

Magnesium Taurate

Research suggests that adequate intakes of taurine and magnesium play a role in regulating blood sugar. Magnesium and taurine also support healthy blood pressure, and support GABA production, helping to reduce anxiety.

Magnesium L-Threonate

Exerts potent therapeutic effects in the body due to its ability to cross the blood brain barrier efficiently. Has an affinity with neurological processes, helping to improve memory and cognition as well as reduce the impact of stress, depression and anxiety. Great form!

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