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Magnesium is the mineral we are all told to reach for when we have trouble sleeping, relaxing, or are suffering from headaches, migraines, cramps, and the like. What we’re often not told is that magnesium is actually used in over 300 chemical and enzymatic reactions within the body, and long-term studies actually suggest that over 70% of people are deficient in magnesium due to poor diet, high stress, certain medications, and other health challenges. What we’re also not told is the importance of choosing the right form of magnesium – this is essential to supporting the body with a mineral that it can actually use without causing digestive trouble.
Why Ours is Different
During research at Mother Earth Labs into the matter of safe magnesium intake, we recognized the common struggles with magnesium supplementation and knew we had a responsibility to develop a superior and effective magnesium supplement. The first step was to create a liquid form, because we are all too familiar with the downfalls of hard tablets – they’re too large, they don’t digest well, and they often deliver the magnesium in a “soup” of potentially harmful fillers and additives. The next step was to include our fulvic acid with its naturally occurring complement of essential trace minerals and magnesium cofactors to speed absorption and minimize, if not eliminate, digestive discomfort. Fulvic acid also helps carry nutrients directly into cells allowing the body to utilize this magnesium at a cellular level. Finally, we used an ionic form for optimal absorption. The end result was our Ionic Magnesium +.
Let’s break down the science of ionic minerals a little.
Ionized means “to convert wholly or partly into ions” usually in water. An ion exists in water with a positive or negative charge. Ions are readily bioavailable. Ionic Magnesium exists as a positively charged ion. It is easily absorbed and used by the body in this form. Because many other supplemental forms of magnesium are not ionic, they are not well absorbed or utilized in the body and simply passed through the GI tract.
In Nature, inorganic minerals in the soils (rocks and similar matter) become ionic minerals when they naturally associate with the fulvic molecules present in the soil. Fulvic carries them through plant roots into the plants. Plant can easily use these ionic minerals in their organic, ionized forms. When we consume plants or fulvic, we also receive these ionic minerals in this ionic form – the form our bodies prefer. Ideally, when we eat these plants, we would receive adequate amounts of ionic minerals, but due to modern farming methods our crop soils are quickly being depleted of both fulvic acid and minerals, therefore our plants are also depleted of nutrients. And so are we. Fulvic assists in delivering needed Ionic Magnesium that is not available in our diets.
Why is magnesium so important
As previously mentioned, magnesium is used in over 300 biological chemical reactions and when our levels of this mineral are low, we can certainly tell!
Magnesium promotes the enzyme activity involved in energy production. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an essential coenzyme involved in energy and metabolism, but ATP must bind with magnesium to be biologically active.
Our nervous system is responsible for nearly everything the body does, from automatic functions like respiration and circulation to sensory based actions like moving and smelling. It is also involved in thought and emotional processes.
Our nervous system sends electrical impulses (messages) from muscles to the brain and from the brain to muscles, but this system depends on magnesium to send these messages correctly. When we are deficient in magnesium, we may experience muscle twitches, heart palpitations, nervousness and irritability.
According to several recent studies, magnesium is inversely related to coronary artery calcification and, thereby, atherosclerosis. One of these studies in particular actually showed a 36% increase in the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and a 54% increase in sudden cardiac death in patients with low serum magnesium levels compared to those with mid to high levels.
Magnesium is also associated with soft tissue relaxation; this includes the heart and arteries. When our calcium levels are high and out of balance with magnesium, the overabundance of calcium can cause our muscles (and heart!) to contract. On the reverse side, having a proper balance (more magnesium than calcium) allows the heart to relax and adequately expand. In fact, it also allows our arteries to relax and expand which helps counter high blood pressure.
Bones and Teeth
Nearly 60% of our magnesium is stored in our bones and repeated studies have found that deficiencies contribute directly to osteoporosis by acting on bone cells and crystal formation.
Magnesium is also used in the production of hard enamel. Calcium alone can only encourage the production of soft enamel which is much more likely to decay than hard enamel.
The benefits of adequate magnesium are seemingly endless and we believe it is one of the most important minerals we can supplement with. Further scientific research will undoubtedly continue to uncover even more links between magnesium and overall health.