The Benefits Of Magnesium Are Mandatory

February 16, 2016
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

The mineral that motivates every cell of your body.

One of the minerals your body needs the most is likely one that you’re also deficient in. A typical human body contains approximately one to two ounces of magnesium, found mainly in the bones and teeth, with concentrations also in the heart and brain and even a small amount in the blood. In fact, every single cell in the body requires it to some degree to function properly. It’s also the second most abundant intracellular (positive ion) in your body and is critical in over 300 metabolic functions. Clearly, this mineral is vital, yet the USDA estimates that nearly one half of the American population consume an inadequate amount in their diets. Why is this so?

We have very busy, often hectic, lifestyles these days, so our body uses up our supply while it deals with our mental and physical stress. Quite simply, we’re using up this adaptogenic mineral faster than we can take it in – and we should be taking in 500 – 1,000mg per day. The lengthy list of magnesium deficiency symptoms includes, but are not limited to, facial twitches, blood clots, leg cramps, migraines, anxiety, irritability, depression, heart disease, unstable blood sugar, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis and insomnia.

Adequate magnesium intake may even help Alzheimer’s, theorized to be the case by its ability to improve the oxygen intake in the brain. It’s also thought to be associated with Parkinson’s tremors after studies showed lowered levels of magnesium in the brains of people diagnosed with the disease.

To add to the staggering list, magnesium deficiency is also connected to chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, amongst others. Having a deficiency causes the body to overproduce insulin and then that extra glucose goes into the cells, causing inflammation. It’s a very slippery slope.

Magnesium For Your Body And Mind

Put magnesium on the menu tonight. Rich dietary sources of magnesium are housed in leafy green vegetables (think spinach and kale), fish, avocados, dark chocolate, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and a multitude of seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin and millet, to name a few).

You should also take a high quality supplement, and please trust me when I say that not all supplements are created equal. It must have the magnesium cofactors Glycinate, Malate, Taurinate and Orotate, as they are more effectively absorbed to support organ systems and bodily functions than any other forms.

Here’s what the powerhouse four do for you.

Magnesium Glycinate For The Mind
• Controls anxiety, irritability, insomnia, concentration and hysteria
• Minimizes laxative effects and is the least likely form to induce diarrhea
• Corrects long term deficiencies
• Reduces numbness, crying and depression
• Increases mental calmness and relaxation

Magnesium Orotate For The Body
• Enhances athletic performance
• Boosts DNA formation and heart repair and function

Magnesium Malate For The Muscles
• Treats fibromyalgia
• Calms muscle fatigue
• Manages PMS, and headaches
• Supports digestion (so take with meals)
• Increases energy production

Magnesium Taurinate For The Heart
• Supports healthy heart function
• Prevents migraines
• Suppresses heart palpitations and arrhythmias

Besides taking a magnesium supplement with these particular cofactors, it is also extremely important that a comprehensive magnesium supplement contains vitamin B6 (especially in the activated Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate targeted form). B6 determines how much magnesium will be absorbed by the cells in the first place.

The Solution I Trust

Mag-Key is the best magnesium supplement designed to deliver all 4 of the essential magnesium cofactors, as well as the critical B6. This harmony of ingredients creates a targeted delivery system that focuses broadly on your body, and more specifically on your mind, your muscles, and especially your heart. It’s my go-to recommendation when my clients are concerned with keeping their hearts healthy, as well as for people dealing with a large stress load in their lives and/or sleepless night. It’s also worth noting that if you’re taking over-the-counter or prescription drugs and are still experiencing unresolved and recycling symptoms, or if you are pre-diabetic or have osteopenia (pre-osteoporosis), this is an ideal supplement staple.

May magnesium bring you a peaceful mind, a happy heart, a strong body, and a tranquil night’s sleep.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Midge

    Can people w/hypothyroid issued even take vitamin B6?

    • Team ALG

      Deficiencies in Vitamin B6 can contribute to hypothyroidism so there are no contraindications for you.

  2. Maureen

    Magnesium and vitamin B-6 also help in combination against kidney stones.

  3. JoAnn Bender

    How does Calcium fit into isolating magnesium supplements in one’s diet. Should one take a Calcium/Magnesium capsule instead?

    • Team ALG

      JoAnn – ALG believes you should limit calcium supplementation and get the majority
      of our calcium needs met through diet 🙂

  4. Amy

    I’m a big fan of everything Ann Louise, including her Unikey supplements like Mag-Key, but the truth is that since they are high quality, they are a bit expensive, especially with the shipping charges added on. It would be so helpful if they were available on Amazon or Vitacost (so one could bundle the order and receive free shipping,) or in stores. Thank you for hearing my suggestion.

    • Team ALG

      Thank you so much for your suggestion. We will pass it along to the Uni Key folks!!

  5. Melanie

    What about magnesium for constipation? Would that require a different type of magnesium? Thank you!

  6. Team ALG

    Dear Melanie,

    Mag Key works for constipation as well – 4 – 6 per dat!!

  7. Anne

    How many milligrams is there in your magnesium product?

    • Team ALG

      Mag-Key has 100 mg. of magnesium in each capsule.

      • Anne

        Your article says we need 500-1,000
        mg per day, wow. So we would need to take at least 5 capsules per day to get the minimum amount of magnesium needed. That can get expeive. I sure wish there was an easier way. 🙂 Any suggetions?

  8. Marion

    Not crazy about your reply to this
    Persons question!!!! You didn’t answer her. You dismissed the question with no great result for her as you usually do . I’m sorry Ann but you lost me awhile back as the result of you being dismissive to me when I asjed a question you chose to disregard. Cost of doing business?



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