The Mighty Mineral.
I covered off many of the benefits of amazing magnesium here.
In this story we wanted to give you the lowdown on the magnesium we use in 55+ and why we added it to the formulation.
Even though the word is getting out, a lot of people don’t get quite enough magnesium. It’s estimated that 50 per cent of Americans fall under this hat. In Australia, one in three people don’t meet the requirements according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011-12). Sorry, no stats for New Zealand but we stand alongside the land of Oz.
The Chill Pill
For women in midlife, it pays to ensure your levels are excellent because magnesium is so good for anxiety, stress, depression and panic attacks – not to mention bones and teeth. But it’s the anxiety/stress benefit is key for those of us who find ourselves flying off the handle due to our pesky hormone fluctuations.
It’s sometimes called ‘nature’s valium’ so let’s dose up girls.
Bonus? It also helps us sleep.
Another of magnesium’s key benefits crucial to Meno-She’s is its healthy bone-building properties. About 50 per cent of our magnesium quotient is found in our bones. Therefore, it stands side by side with calcium and vitamin D as an important mineral for bone health. Magnesium helps regulate calcium so we need both for the two work well together.
Marine Magnesium in 55+
The magnesium we’ve used in the 55+ formulation is marine magnesium which is a readily absorbable form sourced from the coastline of Iceland.
The company who supply us are in County Cork, Ireland.
Here’s what they had to say:
“Magnesium is vital to life. It is an essential component of DNA and is necessary for over 300 metabolic reactions in the body, It helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function, normal heart rhythm, normal neuromuscular conduction, normal blood pressure, and maintains bone integrity as well as glucose and insulin metabolism.
The world’s increased interest in magnesium is due to its many functions within the body and its associated role in disease prevention. Low levels of magnesium have been associated with a number of chronic diseases including migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and Type-2 diabetes.
Good sources of magnesium include whole grains, spinach, nuts, legumes and potatoes. However, at least 60 per cent and possibly as much as 80 per cent of adults do not consume the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) of magnesium (310-420mg/day).
In addition, absorption of magnesium from the small intestine decreases and excretion by the kidneys increases as we age.”
Best Types of Magnesium
The quality of the magnesium depends not only on its source but also on its bioavailability. That is the ability of magnesium to be absorbed and utilised by the body.
Magnesium oxide traditionally has the highest magnesium content at 60 per cent but also the lowest solubility. At the other end of the table magnesium chloride and magnesium sulphate have the highest solubility but the lowest levels of magnesium.
Magnesium hydroxide is the perfect balance possessing a high level of magnesium and a higher solubility than magnesium oxide in water. Furthermore, it’s soluble in stomach acid allowing absorption into the bloodstream. Magnesium oxide must convert to magnesium hydroxide before dissolution in acid can begin.
“Our magnesium is a natural form of magnesium hydroxide, containing a minimum of 35 per cent magnesium derived naturally from the clean waters off the Irish coast. Seawater contains approximately 3.5 per cent dissolved salts of which about 0.5 per cent are soluble magnesium chloride (MgCl) and magnesium sulphate (MeSO). At our factory prepared calcium oxide reacts with the magnesium in seawater to precipitate magnesium hydroxide. The magnesium hydroxide is washed repeatedly with fresh water and dried to a fine powder. Approximately 500 tonnes of seawater are required to produce one ton of high grade magnesium hydroxide.”
I hope you find that helpful. We do 😀😀😀
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