As a medical doctor and a frequent guest on various health-oriented TV shows and news segments, I encounter a wide variety of people and patients with a lot of different health concerns. I see older people worried about bone and heart health… Active people and even professional athletes concerned about their muscles and joints… And people of all ages and all walks of life under various levels of stress, some of whom have trouble getting a good’s night sleep.
Now, if one of these people is my patient, I do a full physical exam, ask a lot of questions, and order up some blood tests. In those questions and tests, I look for some common, obvious things: lifestyle changes, dietary concerns, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and glucose tolerance, bio-markers that might point to specific muscle and joint conditions, and certain vitamin levels such as Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12.
And I also look at their magnesium levels. Magnesium is a vital mineral involved in over 300 enzymatic processes in the body — processes that impact heart health, bone density, muscle condition, mood, the ability to rest and sleep, and more.* Because, sadly, just like we are seeing a wave of Vitamin D deficiency in the United States, we are also seeing a rise in magnesium deficiency as well. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that less than half of people in the U.S. are getting the recommended amount of magnesium every day.1
The FDA revised the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) for Magnesium in 2017. This is what you will see as the “% Daily Value” on labels of food products and dietary supplements, as labels are updated over the next two years.2
- Adults and Children over 4: 420 mg
- Pregnant and Lactating Women: 400 mg
- Children 1 through 3: 80 mg
- Infants through 12 months: 75 mg
However, as I will discuss in a moment, intake amounts and absorption amounts are two very different things.
Why is Magnesium Intake Important?
There are many tasty food sources of magnesium. Dark green leafy vegetables, bananas, broccoli, nuts, and oatmeal are rich in this essential mineral and are easy to work into your everyday diet.3 Unfortunately, most food sources that should be high in magnesium actually end up not delivering their promised magnesium content. You see, the nutrient gets into the food through the soil, and the soil itself is getting depleted of magnesium, mainly due to modern farming and crop fertilizing techniques.4
Not that I am saying that you should skip out on these foods! They are still an important part of a healthy diet — and you do get some magnesium from eating them.
However, “some” is not bringing people to their needed daily intake of magnesium. And why is this important? Well, as mentioned earlier, magnesium plays a role in a multitude of healthy bodily functions.
Here are some of the key things that proper magnesium intake can support:
- Cardiovascular Health*
- Muscle Health*
- Bone Health*
- Blood Vessel Health*
- Healthy Glucose Metabolism*
Plus, magnesium helps maintain blood sugar levels already in normal range, along with the calcium level in your body’s soft tissue.* And magnesium is an important teammate of Vitamin D.
The Key to Magnesium is Absorption
When I discover a patient with low magnesium levels — and remember, the odds are high that this will be the case — I recommend that they take a magnesium supplement. However, one thing I have discovered in my own research on magnesium is that not all magnesium supplements are created equally. There are several forms of this important mineral available in dietary supplements, but each form has different bio-availability and absorption rates.
And why is this important? Because bioavailability and absorption rate determine how useful the magnesium in a supplement truly is.
The most common form of magnesium in dietary supplements — especially many multivitamin formulas — is magnesium oxide. Unfortunately, studies show that magnesium oxide has rather poor bioavailability; our bodies just do not absorb it very well.5 But it’s cheap and relatively easy to obtain and manufacture, which is why you see it on the label of so many products. I just do not find magnesium oxide to be the best option for magnesium supplementation. Which is why I went looking for a better solution for my family, friends, and patients.
That’s when I found an elite form of magnesium called Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate Chelate. This special form of magnesium is produced by Albion Laboratories, one of the world’s leading makers of mineral chelates. Using advanced science, Albion produces organic magnesium in a form the body can readily assimilate. Albion’s mineral chelates are unique forms of minerals that combine mineral elements with amino acids. As the body absorbs the amino acids, the chelated mineral is transported across the digestive tract.* Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate bonds elemental magnesium with lysine and glycine, two nutritionally beneficial amino acids, giving the body a distinct advantage in utilizing the magnesium.*
I was so impressed by the results Albion gets from their patented form of Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate that I determined to get this into people’s hands ASAP. And you can get your hands on it in my Dr. Redcross Elite Magnesium. Redcross Elite Magnesium is a simple way to help your body get the magnesium you need for heart health, muscle and bone support, restful sleep, and more.* Each 2 tablet serving delivers 200 mg of magnesium, making this a great way to supplement your healthy diet.
I am happy with the results I am seeing now on my patient’s blood tests — and so are they! Redcross Elite Magnesium has proven to be a good source of magnesium as we strive to bring our intake of this vital mineral up to the recommended levels. You might not be my patient, but I consider you to be just as important as they are. So please, take care of yourself and give your magnesium levels the attention they deserve.
1 – United States Department of Agriculture. https://www.ars.usda.gov/northeast-area/beltsville-md-bhnrc/beltsville-human-nutrition-research-center/docs/california/ Accessed August 2018
2 – 21 CFR Sec. 101.9 Nutrition Labeling of Food. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=101.9 Accessed August 2018
3 – Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. Magnesium Rich Foods. https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Documents/CP0403MagnesiumRichFoods.pdf Accessed August 2018
4 – Magnesium: A Forgotten Element in Crop Production. International Plant Nutrition Institute. http://www.ipni.net/ppiweb/bcrops.nsf/$webindex/69E4CE85EA36F486852577230049F9E5/$file/BC22010-Page23-25.pdf Accessed August 20128
5 – Bioavailability of US commercial magnesium preparations. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11794633/ Accessed August 2018