My mission is to inform and educate. Over the past 3 decades I’ve wasted thousands of dollars on vitamins and minerals from the drug or grocery store and never felt any better. Naturally I blamed myself and thought I must be in really bad shape and near death! It never occurred to me that the problem was the crappy products I was using and not me. It angers me that the supplement industry is unregulated and companies can sell products they know do not help people. They care more about money than helping people. I want people to know what they are ingesting and what they are spending their money on, even if they don’t buy from me.
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral; it is critical to human health because it is needed for 600 chemical reactions in your body. Studies show that 2/3 of the U.S. population is deficient in magnesium and fun fact: the brain uses a lot of magnesium and most of us use our brains every day (or most days) (or some days, lol).
There are many different forms of magnesium and the type you use is very important. Most supplements use magnesium oxide or magnesium citrate, which have very low absorption rates and are unable to cross the blood-brain barrier. They are used because they are inexpensive and increase profit margins for the supplement sellers. Oxide and citrate also cause GI discomfort and diarrhea.
There are only two types of magnesium that do not cause GI upset AND are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier: magnesium bisglycinate chelate and magnesium L-threonate. Having the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier is very important for a nutrient like magnesium, especially given its usefulness in preventing migraines.
Magnesium helps prevent migraines, it is thought, by: 1) acting as an anti-spasmodic, 2) releasing pain-reducing endorphins, 3) increasing blood flow by reducing vasoconstriction, and 4) restoring levels of neurotransmitters.
Some signs that you may be deficient in magnesium:
* Irritability *Anxiety *Constipation *Fibromyalgia *Depression *Sugar Cravings and Energy Slumps *Chronic Fatigue *High Blood Pressure *Obesity *Irritable Bowel Syndrome *Insomnia *Headaches and Migraines
Unfortunately the following substances can deplete magnesium in your body:
*Caffeine *Cola *Salt *Sugar *Alcohol (Oh no! Wine doesn’t count as alcohol does it?)
Approximately half of people with migraines are deficient in magnesium and very few people overall get the daily recommended intake of magnesium. So we highly recommend a good quality magnesium supplement for just about everybody, and be patient; it can take about three months to see the results of magnesium supplementation.
Even if you don’t have migraines, magnesium is critical for your health. Leaning Tree Naturals uses only magnesium bisglycinate chelate in our formulations because it is the best for you! (We don’t make as much profit, but that’s ok with us)
If you are looking for authenticity, transparency and honesty in your nutritional supplements, you have come to the right place! Vital nutrients. Vibrant life.