Magnesium is a very important mineral that is gaining some much-deserved recognition. You see, magnesium is a necessary component for over 300 different functions in the body including (but not limited to) muscles contraction, nerve signaling, muscle relaxation, heart health, bone support and so much more.

Why is magnesium getting so much attention these days? Magnesium has always been an important nutrient for the body. Many of us are looking for supplements or ways to help us reach our best possible health status.  As we begin to understand how many reactions in the body need magnesium, we start our search. With greater access to data, we are becoming keenly aware of so many more things – some good and some not so good. Social media has become a driving force in providing access to vast amounts of information. Again, not all of it is exactly accurate. We have to be able to gather facts and make decisions based on our own personal health needs and goals.  So, let’s get started!

Remember to always contact your Health Care Provider before starting or changing your supplement routine.

The Cleveland Clinic reported that a lot of people are living with lower-than-recommended levels of magnesium. Why? Poor diet – processed food – digestive issues. These can be contributing factors to low magnesium levels.

Some of the first signs of deficiency can be muscle spasms, fatigue, stiffness or weakness, just to name a few. However, these symptoms could also be related to other issues, which is why it is difficult to diagnose a magnesium deficiency. This is why it is important to work with your Health Care Provider whenever you are considering a change to your supplement routine. There could be other factors, such as medications or health conditions you are dealing with that should also be considered.

Of course, it’s always best to get your nutrients from food – but that’s not always the easiest way for some of us. Foods that are an excellent source of magnesium include:

  • Avocado
  • Black Beans
  • Greens (like spinach and kale)
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Whole Grains

There are also magnesium supplements available for when we don’t consume adequate amounts of magnesium in our diet. This can sometimes be a daunting challenge because there are a number of different “types” of magnesium on your local health food store or pharmacy shelves.

You probably see Magnesium Citrate on the shelves the most when shopping for magnesium. This is magnesium combined with citric acid as the chelate, or carrier, for the mineral. This then makes the form of magnesium called magnesium citrate. Minerals, in general, can be utilized when combined with a chelate. There are many chelates, many being amino acids, used with minerals. Here are some examples of amino acids used as chelates:

  • Glycine (making the mineral called magnesium glycinate)
  • Taurine (making the mineral called magnesium taurate)
  • Lysine (making the mineral called magnesium lysinate)

Which one is right for you? Let’s take a look.

  • Magnesium Citrate: One of the most common and easier to absorb forms of magnesium.
  • Magnesium Glycinate: This is also an easy to absorb form of magnesium.
  • Magnesium Lysinate: The amino acid lysine has many functions in the body, especially to support the tissue around the lips and mouth.

Other forms of magnesium supplements include Magnesium Malate (magnesium combined with malic acid) and Magnesium Lactate (magnesium combined with lactic acid).

Where do you start? Country Life® Vitamins offers you multiple options when it comes to magnesium supplementation.

Additionally, Country Life® offers a High Absorption Dual Action Magnesium that not only provides the easy to absorb Magnesium Glycinate but also includes Vitamin D. Vitamin D is reported to support the absorption of magnesium as well as being a vital nutrient we need.

Remember to always consult with your Health Care Provider before starting or changing your current supplement regime.

Getting the right nutrients in our body can make a huge difference in the way we feel and function in our daily lives. It’s important to note that when you do need to fill in the nutritional gaps with supplements that you select high quality products, like those from Country Life®.  We all want to feel our best no matter what age we are, and nutritional balance is key.

Country Life® is proud to provide you with supplement options so that you can #PowerYourGreatness!

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