A look at ReMag ionic magnesium, ReMyte ionic minerals and the benefits of magnesium in the body
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You may have read a lot about magnesium and how good it can be for the body but how do you decide whether you should take magnesium supplements, and if so, which type of magnesium should you take?
In this article I'll be looking at what magnesium does in the body, the reasons why you might be deficient, examine the conditions that low magnesium can cause and review a form of ionic magnesium called ReMag.
Is magnesium important for the body?
There is more than enough evidence already from thousands of word-wide studies to recommend magnesium as an essential supplement.
Yet, despite the obvious benefits to both men and women's health that taking it could bring and the potential relief from a host of common conditions, the calls are just for more studies.
I know from personal experience the benefits that magnesium can bring (more energy, lower blood pressure, better sleep, calmer moods) so why are we not told about them and why the reluctance to accept the existing evidence?
The medical profession quite readily accept that magnesium is essential for health but pharmaceutical and medical companies study symptoms and in most cases look to pump money into developing a drug to treat the symptom not the cause of a disease. This ensures that they keep patients on their highly profitable drugs. There is no money in researching a mineral that can't be patented.
This may sound a tad cynical but I recommend you read the Sunday Times best seller 'Bad Pharma: How Medicine is Broken and How We Can Fix It' by Ben Goldacre if you want to know what really goes on in the drugs industry.
I already knew a huge amount about the benefits of magnesium supplementation so was surprised to find out exactly how much I had to learn on the subject when I read 'The Magnesium Miracle' by Dr Carolyn Dean.
After I read the book and started to take ReMag, a form of ionic magnesium, I experienced a huge range of health benefits (see ReMag Review below).
Magnesium - the mineral
Magnesium is the 4th most common mineral in the human body. It is an essential element, being necessary for the correct working of about 700 - 800 enzymes and this is why there are so many health problems that can be attributed to a lack of magnesium. Most people know magnesium as a supplement to take for muscle contractions (cramp), to fight fatigue, help recover from exercise and to feel calmer and sleep better, but there is so much more to this magnificent mineral than that.
Low magnesium causes
10 reasons why the majority of the population are deficient in magnesium
A shocking 70% - 80% of us are deficient in magnesium. There are many reasons why but some of the main ones are:
Poor diet and possible low magnesium levels in our food due to overuse of potassium fertilisers on the soil and flooding/water run off which washes nutrients out of the soil.
We eat too much calcium (supplements, dairy products and fortified foods). Calcium depletes magnesium so needs to be kept in balance. Too much calcium and not enough magnesium can also lead to constipation.
Most people are unable to take enough oral magnesium supplement because of the laxative side effect.
Many medications deplete magnesium in the body. Studies show that magnesium deficiency is a major factor in chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, migraines, IBS and heartburn to name but a few but most of the drugs that are used to treat these conditions deplete magnesium stores further.
Some eating plans, such as the Paleo diet, mean the body uses higher amounts of magnesium to digest the increased protein intake.
Diets high in sugar put you at risk of a magnesium deficiency as large amounts of magnesium are required to break down and process sugar. There are many 'hidden' sugars in everyday foods such as sauces, mayonnaise and most processed foods so it's not just cakes, biscuits and sweets you need to worry about. Magnesium is required to metabolise fruit sugars too so consuming frequent fruit smoothies can also be a huge drain on your magnesium stores.
Certain foods in the diet can block magnesium when taken in excess such as black tea and coffee, oxalic acid (found in things like spinach, kale, rhubarb and swiss chard) and phtyic acid (found in beans, legumes, nuts and seeds).
Junk foods - processed foods lack magnesium. Many processed foods such as meats and hot dogs contain phosphates which bind with magnesium to make magnesium phosphate, a substance that is not absorbed by the body.
Athletic performance - some people who exercise strenuously may deplete their magnesium stores.
High doses of vitamin D. Magnesium is required in many aspects of the vitamin D metabolism, meaning that if you take extremely high doses of vitamin D you can make yourself magnesium deficient. Many people start taking high levels of vitamin D and feel worse and can't understand why, the probable cause is that their magnesium levels have plummeted.
Given that so many of the population have a low dietary magnesium intake it is hardly surprising that magnesium deficiency has been implicated in many chronic diseases and a raft of other conditions that you would not even consider. There are so many conditions that magnesium supplementation can improve.
25 conditions that may be helped by magnesium supplementation (and details of some interesting studies)
heart disease (Coronary artery disease. Subclinical magnesium deficiency a principal driver of cardiovascular diseases: A public health crisis, James J Di Nicolantonio, James H O'Keefe, William Wilson 2018)
high blood pressure (Effect of magnesium supplementation on blood pressure: A meta-analysis of randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trials. Xi Zhang, Yufeng Li, Liana C Del Gobbo, Andrea Rosanoff, Jiawei Wang, Wen Zhang, Yiqing Song 2016)
restless leg syndrome
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
headaches and migraine
neck and back pain
eye twitching and tongue biting
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
muscle cramps/spasms (you might be interested in The Best Ways to Relieve Lower Back Pain)
Supplementing with Magnesium
I am a big believer in trying to take charge of your own health in the first instance so if you decide to start with a magnesium supplement for a particular condition I'd say try an ionic magnesium supplement called ReMag. From what I have researched and my personal experience in taking ionic magnesium (and that of medical professionals I have spoken to who also take it), I believe that ionic magnesium is far superior to oral magnesium.
ReMag Magnesium - an ionic magnesium
Re-Mag is the name of a type of liquid magnesium developed by Dr Dean, a clinical researcher and author of 'The Magnesium Miracle'. ReMag is a picometre ionic form of magnesium. It sounds complicated but it just means that it gets absorbed directly into your body's cells and because of the way it is absorbed, there is no laxative effect.
Using Re-Mag you can start to take enough magnesium to slowly build up your stores. Depending on how low your magnesium stores are and your diet and lifestyle (see reasons why you may be deficient in magnesium above), it could take up to a year or two to get your levels up to normal, although you can start to feel the benefit in days.
What is ionic magnesium?
The ReMag form of ionic magnesium is made from a pure source of magnesium chloride and designed so that it gives the body a form of stabilised magnesium ions that are similar in size to plant magnesium. This means ReMag ionic magnesium itself is smaller in diameter than the body’s mineral ion channels.
This form of magnesium gets absorbed directly into cells before it gets to the intestine therefore avoiding the rather unpleasant laxative effect that most magnesium tablets can give.
Using ReMag ionic magnesium
I would really recommend you read 'The Magnesium Miracle' first before starting to use ionic magnesium. I found it an amazing book, easy to read and understand and it gives you a full overview of the conditions that can be helped and also explains why and how ionic magnesium can help, along with giving details of the dosage requirements.