Most people do not welcome any thoughts of getting older because for many, this is synonymous with occasional forgetfulness, loneliness, and general decline in cognitive and physical capabilities.
It certainly is inevitable that your mental sharpness and physicality will decline over time. But I can tell you from personal experience that this does not have to be a depressing and unfulfilling time of your life.
Despite recently turning 60, I am the fittest I have ever been. I strive to live out every day to its fullest potential. I may have been able to run faster when I was younger, but I would never trade that for the muscle strength, flexibility, and knowledge that I have today. While my experiences may not be representative of your experiences, my point is that it is never too late to start implementing healthy lifestyle strategies to enhance your life.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help enhance your wellness on both physical and mental fronts. The bottom line... you don't have to just reluctantly accept so-called ‘senior moments’ as inevitable with nothing you can do to make your life more enjoyable and full of vitality.*
Why Eating Your Veggies is so Important
When it comes to the food you eat, increasing your intake of fresh vegetables is a surefire way to help support your overall health as times go by. Research has shown that vegetables, such as spinach, could be beneficial in promoting central nervous system and cognitive health.
So what turns vegetables into such powerful health-supporting allies?
- Pack a powerful array of free radical-fighting antioxidants
- Contain phytochemicals which support healthy cell reproduction
- Provide potent sources of vitamins and minerals
And when you eat your fresh veggies raw, you'll also receive what are called ’biophotons.’ These are the smallest physical units of light used by all biological organisms, including your body. The more sunlight a food can store, the more nutritious it can be. Raw, fresh organic vegetables are rich in light energy.
In addition to eating raw vegetables, there's an even better way I believe you can take advantage of their nutrient value...
Magnesium – Pay Attention to this Vital Mineral
Another challenge you face as time marches on is your body becomes less efficient and effective in absorbing important vitamins and minerals. So, despite a healthy diet rich in fresh organic vegetables, you may still come up short in certain nutrients.
Plus, consuming a larger number of vegetable servings a day can be somewhat difficult... and may not always be entirely practical. Certainly, vegetable juicing is a phenomenal way to overcome the serving challenge. But even then, there may be some important nutrients you simply may not get enough of.
One nutrient that comes to mind – one you probably don’t hear much about is magnesium.
Here are some key facts about this vital mineral and why I feel it's so important for you not to overlook. Magnesium...
- Is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body...
- Exists in over 300 different bodily enzymes...
- Is found primarily in your bones (50% of total body magnesium)...
- Plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes...*
- Aids your energy metabolism and protein synthesis...*
- Helps guide a large number of physiological functions...*
- Is required by glutathione (the 'master antioxidant') for synthesis...*
This should give you a pretty good picture why I believe magnesium is so important. And the number of Americans potentially not getting enough of this mineral is estimated as high as 80%. That’s a pretty staggering number.
With all this said, how do you really know if you’re getting an adequate supply or coming up short? In fact…
Is It Even Possible to Determine Your Magnesium Level?
Due to the difficulty with determining magnesium status in your tissues, there's really not a good lab test today that will provide an accurate assessment. Additionally, only about 1% of the magnesium in your body is distributed in your blood.
Some early signs of a potential lack of magnesium in your body include...
- Loss of appetite and headache
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue and weakness
As you can see, many of these symptoms are pretty general and can result from a variety of different conditions. If you suspect you’re low in magnesium, your first course of action is to consult with a healthcare professional. But are there any steps you can take yourself to help your body get a sufficient supply?
A Variety of Foods Rich in Magnesium
There are a number of foods with abundant supplies of magnesium. Raw, green organic vegetables, such as spinach, are excellent choices because the center of the chlorophyll molecule (which provides green veggies their brilliant color) contains magnesium.
Chlorophyll is like a plant's version of our hemoglobin. They share a similar structure but chlorophyll has magnesium plugged in the middle instead of iron. In order to ensure you're getting adequate amounts of magnesium, I recommend you first focus on eating a variety of foods that contain the mineral. And juicing green leafy vegetables can be an excellent strategy for obtaining magnesium as well.
Here's a handy chart of specific foods that contain abundant amounts of magnesium for every 100 grams (just over 3 ounces) you consume...
|Food (100 grams)
||Magnesium Content (mg)
|Seaweed, agar, dried
|Coriander leaf (spice), dried
|Pumpkin seeds, dried
|Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened
|Cumin seed (spice)
|Brazil nuts, dried
|Parsley, freeze dried
|Cashew nuts, roasted
|Whey, sweet, dried
|Leeks, freeze dried
|Kale, scotch, raw
Why You Still May Not Be Getting Enough
Most people can maintain healthy levels of magnesium by simply consuming plenty of foods rich in the mineral (like those foods in the chart above). However, there are certain factors (some of which I've already touched on) which can potentially impact levels of magnesium you consume and your body absorbs:
- Time – Simply over time, your body inherently faces challenges that can lead to decreases in nutrient absorption including magnesium.
- Types of food you eat – If you consume mostly non-organic foods, their magnesium levels may be depleted due to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The levels of magnesium in food are dependent on the levels found in the soil.
- Medication – Certain medicines can contribute to the magnesium deficit within your body.
- Practicality – It simply may not be possible for you to consume enough foods rich in magnesium. Some people may not have access to organic supplies of these foods. However, I strongly recommend that you put the extra effort in to try and find, and make some of these foods part of your regular diet. Sometimes, it just takes hard work to maintain a healthy diet.
If any of these factors come into play in your life and you're concerned about maintaining adequate levels of magnesium, you might want to consider a high-quality supplement.
But “high-quality” is the absolute key when deciding on a magnesium supplement. There's such a wide-variety of options available to you, it can not only be confusing, but certain supplement combinations can affect the absorption and bioavailability of the magnesium nutrient.
And that's why I decided to take the guesswork out of finding a high-quality magnesium formula and put my team to task to find the best solution for you.
My Must-Haves for a High-Quality Magnesium Supplement
My preferred approach when recommending any supplement is to first compile a list of the essential requirements. With magnesium, here's the list my team and I put together that I feel is an excellent guideline to help you "weed-out" those supplements that fail to make the grade.
For a high-quality magnesium supplement, make sure it:
- Completely avoids magnesium stearate – Magnesium stearate is not a source of magnesium. It is in fact a “flow agent” used in production that prevents supplements from sticking together. It can potentially inhibit absorption of nutrients in your digestive tract.
- Delivers a high-absorption formula – It’s not just about the amount of elemental magnesium found in the supplement. The formula must have high-absorption capabilities.
- Incorporates high-penetration characteristics – Absorption of magnesium is crucial but it’s also important that the nutrient is capable of penetrating key tissues and cells to be effective.
- Takes advantage of a high-technology encapsulation and delivery system – The total formula package must include a high-quality encapsulation and delivery system to help ensure consistent protection and delivery of the mineral. In my opinion, some manufacturers really fall short in this area by employing “cheap” solutions.
- Helps manage potential discomfort – Many magnesium products are used as laxatives and antacids. Since these are not the driving-force behind this magnesium supplement, I recommend avoiding any that are specific to stool-softening and so-called indigestion aids.
- Provides practical, easy-to-take servings – Supplement servings must be practical to fit into anyone’s busy schedule. Serving size should be straight-forward with well-defined guidelines.
With some confusion out there about the use of magnesium stearate in supplements, I feel even more straight-talk is needed as to why you should...
Steer Clear of this Pretender
Many supplement manufacturers add magnesium stearate to their formulas. However, it's not only something I don't recommend; in my opinion, it's something to seriously watch out for and avoid in any supplement you take.
But why is that? Isn’t magnesium stearate a form of the mineral itself? Here’s why I strongly recommend you scrutinize any supplement and don’t go near it if contains this compound because magnesium stearate...
- Is not a source of magnesium to help boost your bodily supply
- Is a chalk-like lubricating compound used to prevent supplements from sticking together during the manufacturing process
- May be sourced from genetically engineered (GE) hydrogenated oils
The bottom line with magnesium stearate – I believe you should avoid it completely. If you're taking a supplement, make sure it's a high-quality food-based supplement that does not contain potentially harmful fillers and additives like magnesium stearate. And that certainly applies when selecting a high-quality magnesium supplement.
Magnesium Supplements – A Minefield of Choices
One daunting challenge you face when searching for a high-quality magnesium supplement is that there's such a wide variety available... so much so, that it can be quite confusing as to which one is really best to help enhance your levels.
Plus, to add a bit more confusion, there's no such thing as a 100% magnesium supplement. Magnesium must be bound to another ion and that substance can affect magnesium's absorption and bioavailability.
So let me help you get through this magnesium minefield and show you why I believe my selection is a wise choice for you if you're looking for a magnesium supplement.
But first, let's take a closer look at the different types of magnesium supplements available out there and some characteristics of each one. Here's a helpful chart to give you some basic background information – info everyone should be up-to-date on when considering magnesium supplementation.
||A chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide effective levels of absorption and bioavailability.
||A non-chelated form of magnesium bound to an organic acid or fatty acid. Contains up to 60% elemental magnesium and has stool-softening properties.
|Magnesium chloride/Magnesium lactate
||Contains only about 12% elemental magnesium but tends to have better absorption capabilities than magnesium oxide which has 5 times the magnesium.
|Magnesium sulfate/Magnesium hydroxide
||These are typically used as laxatives. Milk of Magnesia is an example of this type of magnesium. Since magnesium hydroxide can have up to 42% elemental magnesium, caution is required here not to take too much.
||This form of magnesium has antacid properties and can contain from 29-45% elemental magnesium.
||This contains a combination of magnesium and taurine (an amino acid) that together may provide a calming effect on the body and mind.
||This is a form of magnesium with citric acid which has laxative properties. This can contain up to 16% elemental magnesium.
||This newer, emerging type of magnesium supplement has shown great promise in absorption, as well as potential tissue and cell membrane penetration.
Confusion between Elemental and Absorption Rate
"Elemental" magnesium refers to the actual amount of magnesium in each supplement form. However, this is by no means the whole story.
Just because the supplement contains more elemental magnesium doesn't necessarily mean it's formulated for high-absorption. Plus, there are some types of magnesium supplements you may absorb well but they have stool-softening properties you probably want to avoid.
So, what to do?
Magnesium L-Threonate – How This Formula Exceeded My Expectations
If you're looking for a magnesium-based laxative or antacid solution, that is a whole different ball game, and a subject for another time. But if you're in search of a magnesium supplement to help support your levels due to any of the potentially influential factors I described earlier... time... foods you eat (or don't eat)... medicines... diet practicality,* I feel I can help save you a ton of time.
For a high-quality magnesium supplement, I strongly recommend Magnesium L-Threonate. Here’s a chart showing the details behind why I think this is such a fantastic formula and how it exceeded my expectations by surpassing the checklist requirements:
|Completely avoids magnesium stearate?
|| Yes – I made certain this compound was not part of the formula whatsoever. It's just not a healthy substance you should be putting in your body. Plus, this formula does not contain any genetically engineered (GE) ingredients as well.
|Delivers a high-absorption formula?
|| Yes – With the many types of magnesium supplements available, my team and I selected Magnesium L-Threonate (Magtein®) for its breakthrough absorption characteristics and extensive research. As this magnesium solution is formulated in a water/glycerin matrix (as opposed to powder-based formulas prevalent on the market), the magtein is presolubilized to enhance absorption capabilities.
|Incorporates high-penetration characteristics?
|| Yes – One area where other forms of magnesium supplements tend to fall short involves penetration of tissues and cells. Animal studies have shown how Magnesium L-Threonate has been able to uniquely cross the blood-brain barrier and penetrate cell membranes.*
|Takes advantage of high-tech encapsulation and delivery system?
|| Yes –The Licaps encapsulation/delivery package is fully compatible with the water/glycerin system.
|Helps manage potential discomfort?
|| Yes – Many forms of magnesium can cause unpleasant gastrointestinal discomfort. In fact as you already know, some magnesium products have the primary purpose of softening stool and acting as a laxative. This is certainly not the case with Magnesium L-Threonate and its consistent formula.
|Provides practical, easy-to-take servings?
|| Yes – By taking 1 g after lunch time (or in the afternoon) and 1 g at bedtime with plenty of water, it's easy to take. Food is not required for absorption so taking it with meals is not necessary. It's always a smart choice to double-check and consult with a healthcare professional when taking any supplement.
I believe by now you can see why I'm so excited about the Magnesium L-Threonate formula. If you're truly looking for a high-quality magnesium supplement to add to your healthy diet, it has my highest recommendation.
And here's more on how this extraordinary formula uses...
High-Technology Encapsulation That's Off-the-Charts
In addition to the extraordinary mineral ingredient (Magtein) behind the Magnesium L-Threonate supplement, it also capitalizes on a capsule delivery system I consider top-of-the-line.
It’s this combination of the Magtein nutrient and high-tech encapsulation/delivery system (Licaps®) which makes the supplement an outstanding magnesium-supporting solution for you.
Here are a few more details on why the delivery system works so well. Licaps is truly a unique capsule in how its extraordinary technology protects the enclosed nutrients from potential:
- Leakage – Uses an innovative hermetic sealing process
- Oxidation – Helps ensure nutrient freshness by employing a nitrogen-flushing process during filling of the capsule
- Tampering – By creating an airtight capsule, it’s almost impossible to open a Licaps® capsule without leaving visible damage
With this high-quality delivery and encapsulation system, combined with the high-quality mineral ingredients of Magtein, I truly believe that Magnesium L-Threonate is one supplement you should consider adding to your overall healthy diet.
Don't Let Poor Lifestyle Choices Put the Brakes on Fully Enjoying Your Life
Now that I’ve reached age 60, I'm living proof of how you can live your life to its full potential if you make intelligent lifestyle adjustments as you go.
And this could be one of those times to make another well-informed adjustment. Even though you may eat a diet rich in magnesium, it's still possible to come up short. That's where Magnesium L-Threonate can help.
With Magnesium L-Threonate, you can have a high-quality magnesium supplement with superb absorption – one with a type of magnesium (Magtein) that animal research suggests can cross the blood-brain barrier and penetrate cell membranes.
It’s one of the most practical ways I know of to help balance your overall intake of this vital mineral. And it’s so easy to take regardless of how busy your schedule gets. It’s a simple ’add’ to support your overall healthy lifestyle strategy.*
Order Magnesium L-Threonate today to start taking advantage of everything that this phenomenal mineral has to offer.*