Magnesium Optimizer 200 tablets - magnesium malate + potassium citrate + taurine + P5P | Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow Formulas Magnesium Optimizer contains both magnesium and taurine. a synergistic combination of nutrients that optimize magnesium metabolism.
Magnesium is beneficial for nerve and muscular tissue metabolism. Magnesium and potassium can be utilized by physically active individuals to support electrolyte levels in the body.
Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate (P-5-P) is the coenzyme form of vitamin B6 and is necessary for the metabolism of proteins and amino acids. Magnesium and vitamin B6 are cofactors in multiple enzyme systems in the body. Together, magnesium and vitamin B6 support central nervous system biochemistry, including Mg(2+)-ATPase activity.
Magnesium: essential, too often overlooked
Magnesium is an essential mineral involved in more than 300 chemical reactions in the body. Like calcium, most of the body’s magnesium (55%) is stored in the bone. Otherwise, it is similar to potassium in that it is found predominantly inside cells. Approximately 25% of the body’s magnesium is present in muscle tissues, a fact that underscores the fundamental role of this mineral in the generation of energy.
Despite its key function in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary source of energy in the body, magnesium is also a “natural calcium channel blocker.”; In addition, magnesium may influence energy levels indirectly by improving the metabolism of potassium. When potassium levels don’t increase with supplementation, this often indicates a lack of magnesium.
Magnesium and potassium - key electrolytes
When most of us think of electrolytes, we think of batteries and conductors of electricity. In a sense, the body is a type of living battery with lots of little localized exchanges of electrons and protons. A few of the electrolyte functions of magnesium and potassium are:
1) Maintain the activities of the nerves and the energy metabolism of the muscles.
2) Regulate shifts in bodily fluids, such as the amount of water in the blood and tissues.
3) Help regulate the body’s acid-base balance. This, in turn, is connected to immune function and to energy control.
Most adults fail to consume adequate magnesium in their diets. It is difficult to determine magnesium status through short-term tests, such as those which analyze the blood and urine. This is one reason that magnesium deficiency is so often unrecognized. Another reason is that the symptoms of magnesium deficiency vary from individual are often non-specific. The main reason for the non-specific nature of the symptoms is that magnesium is vital to so many different functions. Typical signs of magnesium deficiency and physiologic manifestations of deficiency, especially chronic deficiency, include the following:
• cramps in the calves, thighs, toes and/or the soles of the feet
• generalized weakness, fatigue
• sleep disturbances
• poor concentration
• susceptibility to stress
• constipation, nausea
• brittle bones
Improvement in tissue levels of magnesium appears only slowly with supplementation, typically requiring at least 6 weeks of supplementation. Supplementation with magnesium is also useful in situations in which there is excessive electrolyte loss, such as in certain sports competitions in which minerals are rapidly lost through the sweat.
Deficiencies in potassium can be caused by magnesium deficiency, the intake of refined sugars and other refined carbohydrates, diuretics, alcohol, exercise-induced water loss, dieting (decreased dietary intake, gastrointestinal losses, i.e. diarrhea) and many other dietary and non-dietary factors. Potassium deficiencies are much more common today because of the consumption of refined food diets high in salt.
Virtually all of the body’s potassium is found inside of the cells. In contrast, most of the body’s sodium is found outside of the cells in the blood and other fluids. This contrast is maintained through the constant action of a protein-channel in all cell membranes known as the sodium-potassium pump. Magnesium works in concert with potassium whereas calcium is associated more closely with the actions of sodium. A low level of potassium directly results in an electrolyte imbalance in the heart as sodium concentrations in the heart muscle increase. Also, potassium supplementation for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels already within normal range has been well established.
Athletes and those who exercise heavily may require additional potassium. Potassium is involved in the production of glycogen (our storage form of carbohydrate found in the liver and the muscles) from blood sugar (glucose). Inadequate levels of potassium lead to inadequate storage of glycogen. During heavy exercise, the body can quickly exhaust its glycogen stores in its quest for energy. A deficiency in potassium therefore can lead to a more rapid development of fatigue and muscle weakness and to a slowing of recovery from strenuous exertion.
Taurine, a free form amino acid antioxidant, is a cell membrane stabilizer. Taurine enhances the effects of magnesium and potassium because taurine aids osmoregulation (maintenance of proper concentration of ions).
Taurine helps shore up cell membranes in body parts with multiple neuronal connections, such as the brain and heart. As such it is often recommended for cardiovascular therapy. A more common use for taurine is perking up sleep-deprived students and groggy office workers. In a review of three studies of Red Bull Energy Drink, which relies partially on taurine to deliver a jolt, researchers found Red Bull drinkers had quicker reaction times, longer attention spans, and better short-term memories than those who consumed ersatz brews.
Quite recently in focus is the restless legs syndrome which actually is caused by magnesium deficiency but can be treated very easily with extra magnesium.
• magnesium is essential for proper functioning of the nerves
• magnesium malate for increased endurance during exercise
• taurine boosts energy and ensure proper cardiovascular health
• Easy Solv® tablets for fast, easy digestion and absorption
• safe to use for a prolonged period
New formula has smaller sized tablets, that are easier to swallow
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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Skin hunger: why we crave touch
As we are in the midst of the Easter Holiday, we can't help but feel sad. While Mother Nature is showing abundant signs of spring during a period of incredibly sunny weather, we are barely allowed to go outside other than to do what is absolutely necessary. Our gyms have been closed for almost a month now while in some countries, people aren't even allowed to exercise. Not just group exercise, but also to just jump on a bike and go for long rides.
While couples and families get grumpy from living together in a cramped space, others face different problems: they are living without any companion whatsoever. Therefore it's not a miracle how all of a sudden, pet asylums have been able to 'clear out' their list of unwanted pets. Not just because people have more time at hand to walk a dog (just about the only thing some are allowed to do) but also because they crave the ability to touch a living being, for lack of being able to touch another human.
Somehow, just like the sense of smell is overlooked, this also is true for the sense of touch. Only when we lose it, we crave it. This craving also is called 'touch hunger' or 'skin hunger'.
Heart disease: what are the differences between men and women?
Past week there was attention for new documentary called "De slag om het vrouwenhart", made by Hella de Jong, in which she relates about her quest for heart health. She suspected health problems, but wasn't sure why. After having been told her problems were psychosomatic, caused by her parents' traumatic WWII experiences, she wasn't satisfied and kept pushing for more research. Finally she got a massive heart attack while perfoming a stress test in the hospital.
This interview sent me on an immediate flashback to 1985, when my mom felt ill enough to visit the hopital after what was probably a minor heart attack. Her complaints weren't taken very seriously, yet they admitted her to hospital, though without being tied to a heart monitor. It was here she died that same day in the presence of my brother. When listening to Hella's story it seems there hasn't changed much in 35 years.
For a very long time, women were not taken into consideration when research was conducted on heart diseasae. Nor were they taken seriously when they went to their doctors with health complaints. Yet, among women, heart disease has also become the leading cause of death.
Determining heart disease risk in women
Women and men share many heart disease risk factors, but recent studies are showing what previous male-focused studies have not shown: Women also have their own unique heart disease risk factors.
Traditional risk factors common to both women and men:
- high blood pressure
- family history
- metabolic syndrome – the co-existence of high blood pressure, obesity, and high glucose and triglyceride levels
- high levels of C-reactive protein – a sign of inflammatory disease that can occur along with other cardiovascular risk factors
Some risk factors that relate specifically to women or that can affect women disproportionately include:
- relatively high testosterone levels prior to menopause
- increasing hypertension during menopause
- autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis – more common in women than in men
- stress and depression are more common among women
- low risk factor awareness: lack of recognition of many of the above conditions as risk factors for heart disease is a risk factor in itself
Why does stress make us sick more easily?Most diseases that we are dealing with nowadays are chronic diseases as a result of poor lifestyle choices that will only affect us later in life. However, we can get sick much sooner when exposed to chronic stress. How can this happen?
Stress is defined as a series of events, starting with a stimulus leading to a stress response known as the 'fight-or-flight' reaction that can affect many body systems.
Physical or physiological stress is mostly short-lived, while psychological or emotional stress can last for a very long time.
Reducing salt intake, should you care?
In our last blog article I discussed the dangers of dehydration during a heat wave. It was also remarked how our bodies don't just lose fluid, but also lose salts. As if it isn't clear yet, you will not just need to drink more water during a heat wave, but also need to consume more salts.
Because we are are bombarded with well-intended advice to limit salt intake because the average person consumes too much salt by eating too much junkfood, you would almost forget how essential minerals are and more specifically, sodium is for our health.
Why we aren't supposed to eat so much sodium
When there’s extra sodium in your bloodstream, sodium pulls water into your blood vessels, increasing the total amount of blood inside your blood vessels. With more blood flowing through your blood vessels, blood pressure may increase too much.
Even if you don’t have high blood pressure, it is postulated that eating less sodium can help blunt the rise in blood pressure that occurs with age, and reduce your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and even headaches.
The extra water in your body (from temporary high salt intake) can also lead to bloating which can feel very uncomfortable.
Older and strongerIt's often thought that older adults must tolerate the strength and muscle loss that come with age. However not only can we fight the battle of strength and muscle loss as we age, we can even build muscle and strength well into our Golden Years.
Getting older doesn't mean giving up muscle strength. Not only can adults fight the battle of strength and muscle loss that comes with age, but the Golden Years can be a time to get stronger.
Resistance exercise is a great way to increase lean muscle tissue and strength capacity so that people can function more readily in daily life.
Through resistance training adults can improve their ability to stand up out of a chair walk across the floor, climb a flight of stairs -- anything that requires manipulating their own body mass through a full range of motions.
The most important factor in somebody's function is their strength capacity. No matter what age an individual is, they can experience significant strength improvement with progressive resistance exercise even into the eighth and ninth decades of life.
Epidemiological study: more muscle strength with more magnesium
The more magnesium elderly people have in their blood, the more muscle strength they have. This is the conclusion from an Italian epidemiological study done at the University of Palermo, which examined eleven hundred people aged between sixty and seventy. Magnesium increased the strength with which the elderly Italians could close a grip spring, the amount of kilograms they could raise with their calves and the weight they could shift doing leg extensions.
Misconceptions about drug abuse"Did you hear the news already? Rich Piana died last week!" exclaimed a good friend of ours. "Rich who??" was my response. Then it dawned on me he was speaking of the same person about whom I had been reading the other day and of which I only remembered his face and enormous physique.
Rich Piana, who had a large group of followers on Youtube and Instagram, as he had a most bizarre amount of muscles and was famous for his grueling workouts.
Almost immediately everyone assumed he probably died due to overuse of steroids and associated muscle-building products.
It is not so weird to assume this as the amount of bodybuilders, who haven't lived past 50 years is staggering, because of the ever more dangerous means of attaining a muscular physique that is bigger than that of other competitors in bodybuilding demand more lives every decade.
The burning desire to create even more muscle mass wins from common sense. When discussing his death people referred a very good documentary called:Bigger, Stronger and Faster. Yet, at a lower level, the sports of recreational bodybuilders, apparently is one of the safest sports around.
What causes muscle soreness?Delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) is a type of pain that most will experience after doing unusual exercise for the first time. There have been several theories to as what causes muscle soreness. At first lactic acid was blamed, but lactic acids disappears quite rapidly and the time period between exercise and soreness too large.
take 2 tablets 1 or 2 times a day, preferably with a meal and with water or acidic fruit juice or as advised by a qualified physician
contains per daily serving (2 small tablets)
magnesium (as malate) 100 mg (elemental) (25% RDI)
potassium (as potassium citrate) 50 mg (1% RDI)
taurine 350 mg†
pyridoxal-5-phosphate (biologically available vitamin B6) 2mg (120% RDI)
RDI = Recommended Daily Intake
† = RDI not established
active ingredients (taurine, magnesium malate, potassium citrate, pyridoxal-5-phosphate), fillers (cellulose, calcium carbonate, vegetable magnesium stearate), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide) and food grade coating
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C.
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans