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Magnesium has been found to be a vital cofactor in over 300
different enzymes in the body. Magnesium is required for digestion,
transmission of nerve impulses, cardiac electrical conduction,muscle function, antioxidant enzyme activity, hormonal balance, and
maintaining life-sustaining ratios of electrolytes within cells. The
ability of magnesium to help dissolve abnormal deposits of calcium
is one of the most profoundly anti-aging effects of any mineral.
Magnesium is one of the most widespread and important mineral
Based on these factors it is estimated that 90-95% of Americans are
- Approximately 74% of Americans consume less than the
recommended daily intake of magnesium.
- Stress, exercise, and ingestion of caffeine, alcohol, and
refined sugar increase magnesium excretion.
- Excessive calcium consumption further aggravates magnesium
balance through competitive antagonism for absorption in the
- Dietary fiber and phytates bind ionized magnesium and
diminish its absorption.
- Diuretic and corticosteroid medications as well as laxatives
can cause severe magnesium wasting through the kidneys and
The use and supplementation of inexpensive inorganic magnesium salts
is one of the main reasons why magnesium deficiency is so
widespread. These salts include oxides, citrates, carbonates,
gluconates, sulfates, acetates, and lactates. To be absorbed, these
salts must first be ionized, which requires adequate stomach acid.
The ionized mineral may then be bound to dietary fiber, phosphates,
phytates, and tannins and be rendered unabsorbable. Not only are
dietary polyphenols bound, their antioxidant activity is depleted.
Medications can also bind to the ionized mineral, resulting in both
becoming unavailable. The remaining ionized magnesium then competes
for absorption with calcium, zinc, iron, and several other minerals.
These antagonistic effects are so great that studies have shown that
grains supplemented with magnesium salts actually caused a net
depletion of magnesium from the body.
The key to effective supplementation is the form in which the
magnesium is given. The body has a powerful natural transport
mechanism for minerals in which amino acids wrap around the mineral
to package it both for absorption and delivery to tissues. This
process is known as amino acid chelation, as the amino acids
surround the mineral like the pincers of a claw, the term "chela"
being the Greek word for claw. The chelation process neutralizes the
charge of the magnesium so that it no longer binds to dietary
components or medications, preventing the formation of insoluble
complexes that reduce absorption. The neutralization of charge also
prevents the antagonistic competition for absorption of other
minerals. Absorption and tissue delivery of the amino acid chelates
is greatly enhanced through active transport mechanisms in the small
intestine that actively bind to the amino acids to ferry them across
the intestinal lining, into the blood stream, and into the cells.
Several B vitamins plus vitamin C are included to give the vitamin
cofactors required for optimum metabolism at the same time as the
concentrated nutritional elements. These serve to promote efficient
use of carbohydrate, protein, and fat as well as provide
anti-oxidant and collagen renewing actions to improve the internal
environment of arteries and the external environment of the skin.
The magnitude of increased absorption with true amino acid chelates
is biologically profound. Comparing a magnesium amino acid chelate
to magnesium oxide (a typical salt found in many supplements) the
amino acid chelate had 9 times the absorption as the oxide. This
study compared the use of the single mineral. If another inorganic
mineral were given at the same time, such as calcium carbonate, the
usual effect would be no reduction of the amino acid chelate, but a
further 70-80% reduction of magnesium absorption from the oxide
form. The net effect on absorption of chelated to inorganic
magnesium, if two or more inorganic minerals are taken, can be 20-30
fold greater absorption or more of the amino acid chelate.
Magnesium is of therapeutic value in treating a myriad of
symptoms and health conditions:
• Anxiety &
• Blood clots
Magnesium opposes the cramping effects of calcium on muscle.
Calcium causes muscles to contract and magnesium allows muscles to
relax. An excess of calcium in relation to magnesium results in
chronic muscular contraction. Related symptoms of magnesium
deficiency include muscle cramping and spasm, chronic pain,
irritability, insomnia, muscle tension, tremors, headaches, and body
aches. Magnesium deficiency can cause muscle cramps with the
slightest exertion and may cause cramps of the hands and feet at
Magnesium has a natural calming and balancing effect on the
nervous system. The more serious the magnesium deficiency, the
more anxious, edgy, and short-tempered the person may become. A
person who jumps at the slightest provocation is likely to have a
magnesium deficit. Persons who sustain a major magnesium loss are
almost always hyperirritable. Adults with magnesium deficiency can
develop memory loss, impaired concentration, apathy, and depression.
In contrast, children may become hyperactive. Providing
well-absorbed magnesium can calm the nerves and improve
concentration in many highly stressed and anxious adults and calm
Optimum bone metabolism requires sufficient magnesium. A
deficiency of magnesium impairs the release of parathyroid hormone,
the glandular secretion required for proper calcium absorption and
formation of bones. Magnesium deficiency not only causes bones to be
brittle, but the calcium meant for bone can be deposited harmfully.
Such undesired placement includes deposition around joints to create
painful bone spurs or in blood vessels to accelerate vascular
disease. Because of antagonizing magnesium absorption, the use of
inorganic calcium supplements to improve bone strength (e.g.,
carbonate, phosphate, sulfate, oxide, citrate, and gluconate) can
worsen the condition the calcium was given to improve! Ingesting
well-absorbed magnesium can strengthen the bones and help dissolve
deposits of undesirably placed calcium. Ingesting well-absorbed
magnesium can strengthen the bones and help dissolve deposits of
undesirably placed calcium.
Cardiac health is vitally dependent on magnesium. Deficiency
of magnesium may reduce relaxation of the heart and predispose to
diastolic hypertension. Deficiency may increase contraction of
arterial muscle that can contribute to systolic hypertension, and in
more severe cases to spasm of the arteries that can cause heart
attacks. Serious and even life threatening abnormal heart rhythms
have resulted from magnesium deficiency, as magnesium is required
for normal electrical conduction in the heart. Because cardiac
medications such as diuretics can cause severe magnesium depletion
and aggravate these risks, it is especially important to supply
adequate magnesium in this setting. Sufficient delivery of
bioavailable magnesium for persons with cardiac conditions may be
Severe magnesium deficiency can result in:
- Seizures, muscular rigidity, and shock.
- Pre-eclampsia in expectant mothers. This condition of
overactive reflexes and elevated blood pressure can progress to
life threatening eclampsia (shock, seizures, and multi-organ
failure) if not successfully treated with magnesium.
- PMS. Rapid relief has been reported following magnesium
Perhaps the most profoundly important role for magnesium is
cellular energy production. There are three basic forms of
energy - immediate, rapid burst, and sustained endurance. Immediate
energy comes from stores of ATP, the primary energy molecule in the
body. These stores are small and are consumed within a few minutes
unless replenished. Creatine phosphate is a reserve form of energy
in muscle that can replenish ATP for immediate energy. This process
is magnesium dependent. Rapid burst energy is exemplified by
anaerobic activities such as weight lifting and sprinting. Anaerobic
muscle exertion requires high levels of ATP quickly and for short
bursts. Anaerobic metabolism uses glucose as fuel to produce two
molecules of ATP per molecule of glucose.
Endurance activities such as hiking, biking, or swimming uses the
far more efficient process of aerobic metabolism that uses oxygen to
completely combust glucose, producing 36 molecules of ATP for every
molecule of glucose. Magnesium is required for several key enzymes
in both anaerobic burst and aerobic endurance energy production.
Without adequate magnesium, all forms of energy production -
immediate, burst, and sustained, are impaired. If glucose is the
fuel, magnesium is the spark plug without which energy is not
effectively produced. Fatigue, poor energy levels, and reduced
endurance are all symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
Scientific studies indicate the magnitude of energy and endurance
effects offered through magnesium supplementation. A study of
swimming endurance in rats divided the animals into three groups -
placebo control, inorganic magnesium salt, and amino acid chelated
magnesium. The control animals lasted only 10 minutes, those
receiving the inorganic magnesium salt swam for 13 minutes, and
those receiving the amino acid chelated magnesium endured
substantially longer at 48 minutes. This experiment underscored the
enormous importance of using the much more bioavailable amino acid
chelated magnesium to derive the full benefits of greater energy and
endurance. A double blind human clinical study explored the effects
of chelated magnesium in persons with coronary artery disease and
chest pain with exertion. The subjects receiving the amino acid
chelated magnesium sustained 25% greater exertion on exercise
testing compared to the placebo control group. In addition, the
placebo control group required 29% more nitroglycerin for relief of
episodes of chest pain. For many persons with fatigue, low energy,
or poor endurance, taking high quality magnesium may provide a
welcome and rapid boost in energy and performance.
To help reverse the tide of widespread and debilitating magnesium
deficiency, an innovative formula of 100% fully reacted amino acid
chelates has been created called MagSpectrum®. Not all products
that claim to be chelates are fully reacted to give the full
benefits, whereas all the amino acid chelates in MagSpectrum®
are rigorously tested to insure their quality. MagSpectrum®
provides not one but 5 different kinds of fully reacted amino acid
chelates to provide a wide range of benefits of restoring vital
magnesium to all the parts of the body.
The next type of chelate uses L-lysine and L-glycine known as a
chelazome. This is the specific form that was used for cardiac
patients to improve their exercise endurance and reduce their need
for cardiac medication. The third type, Creatine Magna Power,
combines creatine with magnesium to increase transport not only of
magnesium but also of creatine through the GI tract. This form
especially targets to muscle to improve muscular performance.
Magnesium aspartate, the fourth type of chelate, uses aspartic acid
as the chelating agent. This form may especially improve the
function of the brain and nervous system. The fifth type uses the
amino acids L-glutamine and L-glycine. This version particularly
supports the immune system, muscle, and brain performance.
MagSpectrum® thus provides a full range of generally and
specifically targeted amino acid chelates to restore life and
vitality-giving magnesium throughout the body. In persons who have
been deficient for a long time, overall energy, well-being, and
performance can be improved significantly within a few weeks.
MagSpectrum® is further enhanced with a laser process that can
increase uniformity of shape and give an even greater boost to
Are There Tests to Prove Magnesium Deficiency?
Although "total serum (blood) magnesium testing" and "red and white
blood cell magnesium testing" can be used, these tests are not
completely accurate as they do not measure the amount of magnesium
held in other parts of the body. The most important consideration is
that significant depletion in the cell may be present even if the
blood test gives a level in the normal range. Magnesium depletion in
the cell must be severe before blood tests will show a reduced
magnesium level. However, even with this criterion, studies have
still shown up to a 65% prevalence of magnesium deficiency.
The option of a "blood ionized magnesium test" involves a very
refined procedure and may be considered the most accurate and
reliable blood test available. Magnesium ions constitute the
physiologically active fraction on magnesium in the body - they are
not attached to other substances and are free to join in biochemical
body processes. With the blood ionized magnesium test, ion-selective
electrodes are used to directly measure the levels of magnesium ions
in whole blood, plasma and serum.
Using intracellular testing, typically of cells swabbed from the
inside of the mouth, has shown magnesium deficiency in over 90% of
persons tested. This kind of testing is known as "the buccal cell
smear test". The total mineral levels in the buccal cells correlate
with the results from white blood cells and red blood cells.
Analysis is performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and
elemental X-ray analysis (EXA). Similarly to the red and white blood
cell magnesium testing, the only downfall of buccal smear testing is
that is doesn't measure active, free magnesium ions.
For many people, including those who do not have easy access to the
ionized blood test or even the buccal cell smeartest, it will be far
more practical to observe for any of the many symptoms of magnesium
depletion and observe if improvement occurs with appropriate
Because of the widespread deficiency of magnesium due to
inadequate intake, stress and lifestyle factors, and even
medications, magnesium supplementation of amino acid chelates can be
strongly recommended for almost everyone.
To receive the recommended daily allowance of 400mg of magnesium, it
is advised to take 4 capsules of MagSpectrum® daily, preferably
divided into 2 capsules twice daily.
For children up to 8 years old, one capsule per day is advised. For
children aged 9-13, 2-3 capsules per day may be taken, preferably
divided into 1-2 capsules in the morning and one capsule in the
Additionally, the fastest method to track the progress of
re-mineralizing the body, and the only highly reliable one for
magnesium, is intracellular mineral testing. This is done from a
swab of the lining of the mouth.
Magnesium can cause loose stools and even diarrhea, particularly if
taken as inorganic salts. The chelates are much less prone to this
effect, but it is still prudent to divide your intake if possible to
do so. As magnesium can relax muscles and balance the nervous
system, if any adverse effects whatsoever are suspected, it is
essential to hold the use of the supplement and contact your
Contraindications to Magnesium Therapy:
- Kidney Failure. With kidney failure there is an inability to
clear magnesium from the kidneys.
- Myasthenia gravis. Intravenous administration could
accentuate muscle relaxation and collapse the respiratory
- Excessively slow heart rate. Slow heart rates can be made
even slower, as magnesium relaxes the heart. Slow heart rates
often require an artificial pacemaker.
- Bowel obstruction. The main route of elimination of oral
magnesium is through the bowel.
Suggested use: Take 2 capsules twice daily with meals or before
$29.77 120 capsules