Magnesium

July 28 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Mineral supplements

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Xcel Health Superior Magnesium Capsules

I take a lot of supplements every day.  Its hard not to, when you are constantly reviewing products and their ingredients and the literature about these and how they work in the body.  But one of the main supplements I cant do without, is my magnesium supplement, Superior Magnesium.

If you are not familiar with this product, its a reverse ratio magnesium supplement in a capsule, that contains co factors to help you to absorb this mineral more efficiently.

It particularly contains the mineral co factors needed for magnesium absorption; that are missing in our soil here in New Zealand.  These include zinc and boron, as well as the co factors Vitamin D, calcium and the Active form of Vitamin B6, P-5-P (Pyridoxal-5-phosphate).

In fact, Superior Magnesium provides 1000IU (25mcg) of Vitamin D3 in each capsule.  We have all heard about how vital this vitamin is for our immune system, for skin problems and more recently we have heard about the importance of Vitamin D for respiratory health.  As well as this, it is an important nutrient to help with the absorption of magnesium, which is why I added it to this formula.  It is predicted that a very large percentage of people have a Vitamin D deficiency, so really, it was important this vitamin was included in the formulation.

Superior Magnesium is a Reverse Ratio Magnesium supplement

Usually, when you look at a mineral formula highlighting calcium and magnesium, you will find the ratio of calcium to magnesium is 2 to 1.  So 2 parts calcium and 1 part magnesium.  This ratio, with its co factors, helps to top up calcium levels, to help with our nerves and nerve transmission, bone health, maintenance of electrolyte balance,  hormone production and a whole host of other vital processes in our body.

Our reverse ratio magnesium supplement is for helping top up deficient magnesium levels in the body and to help relieve magnesium deficiency symptoms such as muscle cramp, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, irregular heart beat & muscular pain, as well as help in conditions such as hypertension, bone spurs, insulin resistance, insomnia and panic attacks (to name a few).

What happens with a Magnesium deficiency?

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A deficiency of magnesium causes muscle cramp

Henry Osiecki tells us “When a magnesium deficiency exists, excessive amounts of calcium can build up in soft tissues, tendons and ligaments; resulting in stiffness, arthritic and joint pain, vascular spasm or calcium deposits in vascular walls, kidney and gall stones”.

He goes on to say ” Magnesium deficiency alters the vascular mechanical properties in the young and may be a mechanism involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension, atherosclerosis, ventricular arrhythmia and other cardiovascular diseases”.

Henry believes that approximately 49% of the population is at risk of being magnesium deficient.

So why is this?

Most of the magnesium contained in food is lost when it is refined.  In fact, Henry tells us that 90% of the magnesium in wheat is lost with milling.

As well as this, these factors increase the demand for needing to add magnesium to your supplement regime:

If you are an alcoholic, an athlete, have arthritis, have had a bowel resection, in chronic fatigue, coffee excess, have diabetes, experience regular emotional stress, in epileptics, those with cardiovascular problems, a high cereal intake or excessive phytate intake, a high fat and sugar intake, in hyperparathyroidism, in those with kidney stones, in lactation, if you have liver cirrhosis, muscular dysfunction, don’t like noisy environments, in pregnancy, eclampsia and pregnancy induced hypertension and in prolonged diarrhoea.   This isn’t the full list, but gives you some of the main incidences.

So how much magnesium do we need each day?

Henry Osiecki tells us that the recommended daily amount (RDA) of magnesium is 400mg a day for men and 350mg a day for women and that a therapeutic dosage is between 300-800mg a day.

Remember that a RDA relates to the amount you need to maintain an adequate existing level in your body.  This means that if you are a man, once your magnesium levels are adequate,  you need to take 400mg of magnesium a day to maintain this level in your body.

Your needs for magnesium can alter each day.  The greater your output in a day, the more magnesium you will use, so the more you need on that day.  It is an alkalising mineral, so the higher an acid condition you have in your body, the more you use and need.

So if you experience regular stress, you exercise, your diet did not contain adequate whole, unrefined foods and you had an extra coffee for the day, you will need a lot more magnesium on this day, than on a day when you sit around and watch DVD’s or read and have little exertion.

I personally take a minimum of 2 capsules of the Superior magnesium a day, providing me with 400mg.  I take these after dinner, as the formula contains zinc and zinc on an empty stomach can be nauseating.

If I am feeling under pressure, if my blood pressure is higher than usual or if I get muscle cramp, I bump this up to 2 capsules after breakfast and 2 capsules after dinner.  My colleagues tell me that those who have hypertension like myself, would benefit from taking 1000mg of magnesium (in combination with its important co factors) a day.  I keep this in mind and alter my dosage, depending on how I am feeling and dependent on any magnesium deficiency symptoms I may have.

Why do you have Superior Magnesium Capsules AND Superior Magnesium Tablets?  Are they different?

When I first had this product made, I had them made at a manufacturing company here in NZ who have a tableting machine.   I went to get another batch made, but they did not have one of the ingredients in the formula.  Because of this, and because I didn’t want to run out of these, I gave my formula to another manufacturing company who have an encapsulating machine.  There were able to organise a batch quick smart, so now we had Superior Magnesium tablets and capsule.

As tablets contain tableting aids (like magnesium stearate) I decided to swap the product to a capsule form only, where I was able to add rice flour as the “filler” and nothing else but the nutrients in the formula, in a vegetable capsule.

However I have a number of customers who really prefer the tablets, so because of this, we have kept both the Superior Magnesium capsules and Superior Magnesium tablets.   Both products contain the identical combination of nutrients in them, in exactly the same form and the same milligram amount.

So Why do these people prefer the Superior Magnesium tablets?

They prefer these tablets because when they take the tablets, they notice that not only do they get the muscle relaxing and other effects from the product, but they also notice their bowel motions are softer and easier to pass.  This does not seem to happen with the capsules at all, pointing to the tableting aids, like the magnesium stearate, as the contributor to this looseness.

You can read more about the importance of adequate magnesium your diet here.

Author
Leanne James
Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health

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