Calcium-Magnesium: These two minerals are somewhat like the opposite ends of a dimmer switch. Calcium is responsible for giving bones their strength as well as exciting the nervous system, contracting muscles, and contributing to the inflammation necessary to fight invaders or injury.
On the other end of the spectrum however, Magnesium is essential to provide flexibility in our bones, to prevent them from becoming brittle, and has a necessary calming effect; relaxing nerves and muscles and reducing inflammation.
Calcium is also required in the process of blood clotting so that wounds can heal, while magnesium prevents harmful clots and ensures that oxygenated blood remains flowing.
When we experience a stressful situation, whether it’s an irritable boss, a traffic jam, or a workout at the gym, calcium contributes to the fight-or-flight response that kicks in, nonetheless if there is insufficient magnesium available to the body to calm things down, we stay in this heightened stressed state. Such is the Calcium-Magnesium partnership!
While lack of either mineral is not conducive for health, magnesium is the one likely to fall short because:
Typically Calcium is widely advertised and promoted as an essential nutrient for bone health
Calcium supplements are frequently recommended by doctors and health care practitioners
Calcium is fortified in many of our common foods and drink choices
In comparison, the general public’s awareness of the importance of magnesium isn’t always so prominent. For example, when was the last time you saw an advert on the television promoting food because it is a great source of magnesium?
The optimum ratio of calcium to magnesium is estimated to be 2:1 from all sources, including food and supplements, but in the average diet is estimated to be 3:1, meaning too much calcium and not enough magnesium.
Magnesium from food
Good sources of magnesium include leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, and legumes. As an example, a half-cup of cooked spinach or approx. 28grams of almonds contains about 80 mg of magnesium, which is around 20 percent of the daily minimum recommended amount.
Add 1 teaspoon of MAG365 Bone Formula powder into half a mug of hot/warm water and watch it fizz. This is when the MAG365 Bone Formula activates and predigests to become highly bioavailable to the body so that it is easily absorbed. Top up your mug with some cold water and sip.
Alternatively, you can choose our PrizMAG Plus capsules for convenience – this product consists of a pure Magnesium Bisglycinate with added Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 – one can take from 1 – 3 capsules daily
Additional Lifestyle Recommendations
- Watch your Caffeine Intake
Caffeine is found in tea, coffee, energy drinks and colas and may cause us to excrete calcium in our urine.
- Be careful about your Alcohol Intake
Excessive alcohol may increase your risk of Osteoporosis
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
Having a healthy Body mass index (BMI) can protect your bones.
- Keep active and exercise
Regular physical activity can make your bones stronger and can improve balance and coordination. Start with walking daily, then slowly increase the distance you walk.
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