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Magnesium, 500 mg. 100 Capsules
Magnesium Is an Essential Nutrient
It’s likely that few people even think about whether they are getting enough magnesium through their dietary sources. However, because magnesium deficiency might cause some potentially harmful health problems, this is definitely one substance that should not be ignored. When there is any doubt about whether sufficient magnesium is available from food, a supplement such as Magnesium 500 mg from Nature’s Life may be the perfect answer. In addition to magnesium, this supplement also provides Vitamin B-6 to help provide a more complete support.
Nature’s Life – Magnesium 500 mg. – 100 Capsules
Lack of Magnesium May Affect a Large Portion of the Population
Because the signs of magnesium deficiency may be subtle, they are often overlooked, and perhaps just thought of as effect of aging or the weather. However, the lack of the proper amount of magnesium can lead to a rather nasty laundry list of symptoms. It is thought that up to 70% of the US population may have lower than normal intake of magnesium. Unexplained muscle cramps or twitches might be from not enough magnesium in the diet. Magnesium may also be important for cardiovascular health. Magnesium may be able to help lower high blood pressure, which might otherwise lead to heart problems, and it may also relieve the symptoms of irregular heartbeat.
Magnesium Is Needed for Strong Bones
Strong, healthy bones are needed by everyone, but as people age, they may suffer loss of bone tissue. This is especially true of post-menopausal women when estrogen is no longer there to block an osteoblast-curtailing enzyme. This could lead to osteoporosis. Calcium may make up the greater part of bone structure, but in order for that calcium to be used to make bone tissue an adequate amount of magnesium must be present. Magnesium helps to supply blood to the bones and may give the osteoblasts the boost they need to keep producing new bone cells.
Athletes and Others May Benefit from a Magnesium Supplement
Exercise is good for people on many levels, but there often comes a point during exercise when it is no longer possible to continue. This happens because the work the muscles have been performing have used up all the oxygen in the cells and tissues, and the muscles are now full of lactic acid. During exercise, magnesium may have the ability to increase circulation to the muscles so that more oxygen is available. This may allow the athlete to carry on longer with an exercise session. Not only does the increased amount of oxygen help lower lactic acid levels, but it seems to increase the capacity of the muscles as well. Some studies have found that magnesium also lowers the levels of stress hormones produced during rigorous exercise.
Beating the PMS Blues
Hormonal changes before and during the monthly menstrual cycles may make life difficult not only for the woman involved, but for those around her. PMS stand for premenstrual syndrome and it usually starts a week or so before the actual onset of the period. Bloating, water retention, cramps, and tender, sore breasts are some of the physical manifestations, but there are also emotional ones. Women with PMS may become irritated and moody. Some might become depressed and withdrawn. Magnesium may help to alleviate the emotional symptoms by acting as a tranquilizer to help women relax. This mineral may also relieve some of the cramping and soreness that happen during this time of the month.
Nature’s Life Magnesium is an essential mineral intended to provide nutritive support for healthy nerves and muscles. it also helps support absorption and metabolism of other minerals.
Magnesium is an essential mineral to the human body. It is needed for bone, protein, and fatty acid formation, making new cells, activating B vitamins, relaxing muscles, clotting blood, and forming adenosine triphosphate (ATP; the energy the body runs on). The secretion and action of insulin also require magnesium.
Where is it found?
Nuts and grains are good sources of magnesium. Beans, dark green vegetables, fish, and meat also contain significant amounts.
Who is likely to be deficient?
Magnesium deficiency is common in people taking “potassium-depleting” prescription diuretics. Taking too many laxatives can also lead to deficiency. Alcoholism, severe burns, diabetes, and heart failure are other potential causes of deficiency. In a study of urban African-American people (predominantly female), the overall prevalence of magnesium deficiency was 20%. People with a history of alcoholism were six times more likely to have magnesium deficiency than were people without such a history. The low magnesium status seen in alcoholics with liver cirrhosis contributes to the development of hypertension in these people.
Almost two-thirds of people in intensive care hospital units have been found to be magnesium deficient. Deficiency may also occur in people with chronic diarrhea, pancreatitis, and other conditions associated with malabsorption.
Fatigue, abnormal heart rhythms, muscle weakness and spasm, depression, loss of appetite, listlessness, and potassium depletion can all result from a magnesium deficiency. People with these symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor before taking magnesium supplements.
As previously mentioned, magnesium levels have been found to be low in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Deficiencies of magnesium that are serious enough to cause symptoms should be treated by medical doctors, as they might require intravenous administration of magnesium.
How much is usually taken?
Most people don’t consume enough magnesium in their diets. Many nutritionally oriented doctors recommend 250–350 mg per day of supplemental magnesium for adults.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
Comments in this section are limited to effects from taking oral magnesium. Side effects from intravenous use of magnesium are not discussed.
Taking too much magnesium often leads to diarrhea. For some people this can happen with amounts as low as 350–500 mg per day. More serious problems can develop with excessive magnesium intake from magnesium-containing laxatives. However, the amounts of magnesium found in nutritional supplements are unlikely to cause such problems. People with kidney disease should not take magnesium supplements without consulting a doctor.
Vitamin B6 increases the amount of magnesium that can enter cells. As a result, these two nutrients are often taken together. Magnesium may compete for absorption with other minerals, particularly calcium. Taking a multimineral supplement avoids this potential problem.
Multipurpose Vitamin B-6
One of the most multifaceted nutrients may be vitamin B-6 (or pyridoxine). This vitamin is a component of a large number of enzymes; therefore almost every body system relies on it for optimal function. Some important enzymes that require vitamin B-6 are responsible for amino acid (protein) metabolism, formation of essential fatty acids, and formation of some neurotransmitters.
Significant research has shown that vitamin B-6 is beneficial for maintaining nerve health, hormonal balance in pre-menstrual women, and kidney activity. There is also evidence showing that vitamin B-6 supports healthy lung function. It is said to work together with magnesium, particularly by improving magnesium absorption into cells. However, this potent vitamin should not be taken in amounts over 200 mg per day for more than a few days without consulting a doctor since it has been shown to cause temporary nerve problems. Additionally, high doses of vitamin B-6 supplements could interfere with normal milk production of breast-feeding women. This supplement has been shown to be safe during pregnancy, however.