Mr. Bean here. Lucy’s writing privileges have been suspended indefinitely due to referring to the human as a “dimwit” (See previous blog) so I have been asked to be a substitute blogger. I am unable to comment further because there is an ongoing investigation. I would just like everyone to know what an intelligent person my human is. Albert Einstein may have been smart but he couldn’t hold a candle to my human. What? Oh ok, the human says the false flattery is annoying.
So, the genius–I mean the human–wants me to discuss magnesium today. B.O.R.I.N.G!! Can we discuss bones instead? No? How about tasty shoes? No? Darn. The human is a little testy today. Maybe some chocolate will help. Here girl!!
Magnesium is my favorite mineral; it is critical to human health in so many ways and has many benefits. If you take only one nutrient as a migraine sufferer, magnesium is probably the most important one. Studies show that 2/3 of the U.S. population is deficient in magnesium and fun fact: the brain uses a lot of magnesium. 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. Yowza! The human says she has enough GI problems with her animals, she doesn’t need her own GI issues!
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. Magnesium L-threonate was developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). You may have heard of the place. Maybe my human went there. What? No? Never mind. 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, don’t tell my human)
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 everyone, and be patient; it can take about three months to see the results of magnesium supplementation. Your loved ones and pets want you to be happy and healthy so do as Mr. Bean says and use magnesium.
The human says that a free bottle of our EcoMigraine Support ™ Formula will be given to the first person who remembers who the original Mr. Bean was. Wait, I thought I was the original Mr. Bean?? I’m offended. Woof Woof!!
I apologize for the angry tone.
Fill out the contact form if you know the answer (no googling!!) and we will send out a bottle free of charge. We may even include some valuable dog hair. (Slobber is extra)
Have a pawesome day!
Mr Bean, AKA The Black Bean