In episode 16, Dr. Larson discusses:

  • Although a lot of research has been done on the effects of magnesium in the body, very little doctors realize how essential it is to someone’s overall health
  • Magnesium is essential for over 300 enzymatic and physiological processes in the body
  • Magnesium helps to lower your blood pressure, which can lower your risk for heart disease, the number one killer of Americans
  • Supplementation with magnesium can also lower your risk of diabetes
  • The proper amount of magnesium is anywhere from 200-400 milligrams per day
  • Magnesium supplementation can also aide in the alleviation of conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic muscle pain and symptoms of PMS
  • Not all magnesium is the same; it comes in various forms and qualities
  • The types of magnesium supplements to avoid are those that are labeled “magnesium oxide” and “magnesium gluconate”
  • The only thing that magnesium oxide is good for is to relieve constipation, although most forms of magnesium will help, the low-grade oxide makes your gut retain water
  • Magnesium citrate is a good overall quality supplement, containing calcium oxalate, it can help to prevent the formation of kidney stones by dissolving them
  • Magnesium malate is a good overall supplement that is very useful for people who have chronic muscle pain or muscle conditions such as fibromyalgia or muscle tension
  • The best kind of magnesium supplement for people to take who don’t have a specific condition and want high absorption rates, is magnesium glycinate, which also contains Chelate
  • The best source of magnesium comes from foods like whole grains, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds
  • The problem with getting enough magnesium in diet is that, if the foods are grown in soil that is magnesium depleted, the foods aren’t as rich as you need them to be
  • Supplementation is almost always warranted, especially if you have health conditions like high blood pressure, lots of stress, risk factors for diabetes, or are just a high-energy person
  • To ensure that you aren’t magnesium deficient, supplementing with magnesium glycinate is a good idea even if you think you are getting enough in your diet, chances are you aren’t

Magnesium Glycinate

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