Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

Do you complain about muscle, stomach and menstrual cramps, spastic colon, difficulty sleeping (even though you feel exhausted), low mood, irritability, feeling anxious without reason, tiredness, poor memory, sugar & salt cravings, or constipation? Well, if you do maybe it’s time to start being very serious about considering Magnesium deficiency. According to Dr. Norman Shealy, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” Magnesium is present in all cells in our body as they constantly require this mineral for a normal function. Magnesium is so important for preserving our health because it is involved in over 600 reactions, including DNA repair, converting food into energy (metabolism & body weight), contracting and relaxing muscles, regulating neurotransmitters and hormones, and hundreds of other health-sustaining functions. Even serotonin (the strongest antidepressant and feel-good hormone) and glutathione (body’s most powerful antioxidant) require Magnesium for their synthesis. Unfortunately, due to soil depletion, deprived of magnesium refined diet, emotional stress and other factors, millions suffer from Magnesium deficiency without even knowing it. In addition, magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests as only 1% of the body’s Magnesium is stored in the blood.

Excellent sleep & relaxation aid

Magnesium enables us to control stress and is vital in our body for proper functioning of the nervous system and brain, promoting good mood and improves our sleep patterns. It’s been suggested that this is because Magnesium is involved in the synthesis and function of GABA and serotonin, neurotransmitters known to be most effective in calming the brain and promoting relaxation. That is why Dr. Berzin calls Magnesium “the nature’s anti-anxiety drug”.

Necessary for strong bones & teeth

Not too many people realise that Magnesium is more important for strong bones than calcium. Too much calcium without magnesium causes bones to become brittle, because without magnesium calcium can’t be used to strengthen bones. Instead, it tends to be deposited in kidneys and arteries leading to kidney stones and arteriosclerosis.

Helps relax all muscles, blood vessels, promotes heart health & normal blood pressure

Since lack of Magnesium leads to spasms and dysfunction of various muscles, including uterus, heart, stomach, colon, Magnesium supplementation is often the best and sometimes even only way to relax these muscles. Magnesium supports normal blood pressure and heart muscle function. Since Magnesium is involved in neurotransmitter function and regulating the constriction and relaxation of blood vessel found in the brain its deficiency is believed to contribute to migraines.

Helps maintain normal blood glucose levels

Since Magnesium helps convert sugar to energy it helps our body to maintain normal blood sugar levels. In addition, studies demonstrated that oral Magnesium supplementation improves insulin sensitivity in people with insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels.

Magnesium Orotate vs other forms

Magnesium Orotate is a complex consisting of Magnesium bound to orotic acid. It is regarded as the most easily absorbable form of magnesium. According to Dr. Edward Group, “If you need magnesium supplementation magnesium orotate is the best you can get”. Some experts suggest that orotic acid has the ability to carry magnesium across cell membranes, producing higher concentration of magnesium in cells.

Because magnesium orotate is not very soluble in water, it does not dissociate in the GI tract. This means that, unlike other forms of magnesium, is does not cause  diarrhoea. Instead, it delivers magnesium directly to the cells, thus smaller quantities of elemental magnesium are required to be effective.

Dosage: Try to use a good quality magnesium of high bioavailability such as Magnesium citrate (powder by Viridian): 2 x 500mg (or about 50-60mg of elemental magnesium) 60 min before breakfast and about 1 – 3 hours before bed.

If you take high doses of vitamin D3 you need 2 x 800mg (2 x 1 teaspoon).