The importance of magnesium is hard to overstate; in fact, one nutritional expert calls it "the key to health and life." According to the National Institutes of Health, "Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body." Muscle contraction, nerve function, carbohydrate metabolism, ATP activation, protein synthesis, blood pressure normalization, and blood sugar level regulation are but a few of the processes this essential-for-life mineral is crucial for. In addition, magnesium supports increases in HDL (good) cholesterol levels and lowers serum LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while inhibiting the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. A deficiency in magnesium is associated with many ailments such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hypoglycemia and insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, osteoporosis, asthma, periodontal disease, and depression.
Unfortunately, magnesium deficiencies are common, with research showing that approximately 75% of Americans are not obtaining sufficient amounts of this essential mineral. Altering your diet so that it includes more magnesium-rich foods such as nuts (especially almonds, cashews, and walnuts) - and supplementing daily with Essential Mg, which contains 5 forms of highly bioavailable magnesium - is the ideal way to ensure that you're receiving optimal amounts of this all-important, health-benefiting mineral.
1. Magnesium bisglycinate is magnesium chelated
(bonded) to the amino acid glycine and it's touted
for its high absorption rates. It's also the form of
magnesium considered to have the least amount of
potential to cause a laxative effect, common with
forms such as oxide and citrate.
2. Magnesium succinate is magnesium chelated to
succinic acid. This compound yields one the highest
amounts of elemental magnesium while providing
the body with a Krebs cycle intermediate that not only
plays a role in energy production, but is also involved
(along with protein) in the rebuilding of muscle fiber
and nerve endings.
3. Magnesium citrate is magnesium chelated to
citric acid, a key Krebs cycle intermediate, noted
for its ability to help alleviate fatigue as well as
playing a role in relieving symptoms of asthma and
4. Magnesium malate is magnesium chelated to malic
acid and it's the most common form of magnesium
used for alleviating fibromyalgia. Malic acid (malate)
is a Krebs cycle intermediate, touted for its energy
enhancing, fatigue-alleviating effects. Malic acid
also supports enhanced exercise performance by
counteracting the buildup of lactic acid.
5. Magnesium taurinate is magnesium bonded to the
amino acid taurine. Because both magnesium and
taurine are associated with cardiovascular health,
magnesium taurate is often referred to as the "heart
health" form. Among its many benefits (and like
magnesium), taurine assists in regulating heartbeat
and muscle contractions.