Why Minerals…Magnesium.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health.  According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, about 50% of total body is magnesium found in bone.  The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs.  Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant.  Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.  It helps support normal muscle and nerve function keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a health immune system and keeps bones strong.

Green vegetables such as spinach are good sources of magnesium because the centre of the chlorophyll cell (wich fives green vegetables their colour) has magnesium.  Some legumes (beans and peas), nuts and seeds and whole refined grains are also good sources of magnesium.  When white flour is refined and processed, the magnesium-rich germ and bran are removed.  Bread made from whole grain wheat flour provides more magnesium that bread made from white, refined flour.  Tap water can be a source of magnesium but the mount varies according to the water supply.  Water that naturally has more minerals is described as “hard”. Hard water has more magnesium than “soft” water.

Like calcium, there are various magnesium compounds with varying bioavailability. Of these magnesium oxide is the most easily absorbed by the body, followed by magnesium carbonate.  G&G often use magnesium in its supplements. G&G also combine magnesium with calcium in some supplements as they work closely together not only in building health teeth and bones,m but if you have deficiency in magnesium, your body will have trouble processing calcium.

The Health Food Manufacturers publication ‘Vitamins and Minerals, An Overview of benefits and safety’ says of magnesium “There is some evidence of beneficial effects of dietary magnesium on bone health and on a variety of cardiac conditions.  It has also been suggested that magnesium is involved in the regulation of blood pressure. Hypocalcaemia is a common result of deficiency, which is also associated with cardiovascular, skeletal, gastrointestinal and central nervous system disorders”.

It is therefore essential that we have a good source of magnesium through out diet; foods containing potassium are: bran, dried herbs, seeds (squash, pumpkin, watermelon, flax, sesame, sunflower and sesame butter (tahini), brazil nuts, molasses, cocoa powder(dark chocolate) and roasted soya beans (edamame).  But not everyone likes or can tolerate the foods mentioned, hence sometimes our diet needs a bit of help.  G&G Cal-M (calcium, magnesium and cider vinegar) could be the help we are looking for.    Taking Cal-m puts my mind at rest on whether I am getting all that I need of calcium and magnesium and I am especially happy with the higher absorption rate of this product due to the cider vinegar!

To buy Cal-m got to: http://www.gandgvitamins.com/cal-mm and check out the product.


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