Also known as the ‘mighty mineral’, magnesium is vital to wellbeing which is why we’ve included it in 55+.
In this story we’ve given you the lowdown on the magnesium we use in 55+. In addition, we’ve shared why we use marine magnesium.
1. Magnesium deficiency is common
Worldwide, many people aren’t getting enough magnesium. As a result, experts say this could be considered a public health crisis.
Indeed, it’s estimated that 50% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Comparatively, one in three Australians don’t meet the requirements.
Another key point came from this report. It found that 84% of post-menopausal women with osteoporosis are deficient in magnesium. So it established that magnesium is essential for women in midlife. Furthermore, they need to ensure their magnesium levels are optimum with a good intake from food and supplements.
2. Magnesium is an essential mineral
An essential mineral, magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical actions in the body.
- blood sugar regulation
- a healthy nervous system
- muscle, bone and heart health
- the activation of vitamin D
- thyroid wellness
3. Is magnesium nature’s valium?
Magnesium helps with:
- panic attacks
- strong bones
- healthy teeth
Not surprisingly, magnesium is sometimes called ‘nature’s valium’!
4. Magnesium is key for bone health
Another of magnesium’s benefits for women is its healthy bone-building properties.
In fact, half of our body’s magnesium is found in our skeleton.
Therefore, it stands side by side with calcium and vitamin D as an important mineral for bone health.
5. The best types of magnesium
The quality of magnesium depends not only on its source but also its bioavailability.
To put it another way, that’s the ability of magnesium to be absorbed and utilised by the body.
For example, magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate are easily assimilated.
In a similar fashion, magnesium hydroxide provides a perfect balance possessing a high level of magnesium and high solubility in water. Furthermore, it’s soluble in stomach acid allowing absorption into the bloodstream.
You can read more on magnesium types here.<
6. Why do we use marine magnesium in 55+?
We use marine magnesium sourced from the coastline of Iceland because it’s easily absorbed by the body.
The company who supply us are in County Cork, Ireland. Here’s what they had to say:
Magnesium is vital for life
“Magnesium is an essential component of DNA and necessary for over 300 metabolic reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function and supports normal heart rhythm. In addition, it works with normal neuromuscular conduction, blood pressure, and maintains bone integrity as well as glucose and insulin metabolism.”
Magnesium and disease prevention
“The world’s increased interest in magnesium is due to its many functions within the body and its role in disease prevention. Low levels of magnesium have been associated with a number of chronic diseases. These include migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and Type-2 diabetes.
As well as this, absorption of magnesium from the small intestine decreases and excretion by the kidneys increases as we age.”
The magnesium we use is a natural form of magnesium hydroxide. It contains a minimum of 35% magnesium derived naturally from the clean waters off the Iceland coast.
Seawater contains approximately 3.5% dissolved salts of which about 0.5% are soluble magnesium chloride (MgCl) and magnesium sulphate (MeSO).”
Click here to read: ‘Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?’ for food sources, recommended amounts and signs of deficiency.