What's the Deal With Magnesium, and Should We Be Taking It? We Asked an Expert
What do you do on the daily to take care of yourself?
For us, we stick with eating balanced meals, getting a good night's sleep, working out, reading, skincare and most recently, taking a magnesium supplement. We sat down with Roy Krebs, founder of Natural Stacks, and he told us all about the benefits of taking magnesium. He had us sold, and we immediately wanted to tell our Sweety High audience! Keep scrolling for our interview with Roy Krebs, where he told us all about magnesium, the benefits and the products he recommends.
Sweety High: Tell us about yourself and Natural Stacks!
Roy Krebs: I'm the founder of Natural Stacks, a line of groundbreaking, open-source brain health supplements that have helped thousands of people build better brains and get back to doing more of what they love! Natural Stacks supplements are made with unrivaled transparency because it's your right to know exactly what you're putting into your body. Our innovative formulas feature ingredient traceability, full label disclosure and third party lab testing.
SH: Why should we be taking magnesium supplements?
RK: Magnesium is the fourth most common element in the earth. It's also the fourth most common mineral in your body—essential for the biochemical reactions of around 350 of your enzymes. This means that you have to consume enough magnesium to keep your system working—your energy production, muscle movement, heartbeat, messaging in your nervous system and a lot more! With so many functions, a magnesium deficiency can lead to many health problems. In fact, some of the health issues you may be experiencing right now (such as brain fog) could be caused by a lack of magnesium.
SH: What are the benefits of taking magnesium?
RK: Magnesium supplementation is essential in preventing and managing many health conditions and is one of the most important supplements to include in your daily routine. Through supplementation, magnesium may help improve memory and learning ability, reduce stress, improve sleep quality, increase attention span and much more.
SH: Are there any cons to taking magnesium?
RK: Just like taking too much excess of anything may cause, high doses of magnesium from supplements or medications can sometimes cause nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Maintaining a healthy level of magnesium is vital for fostering protein synthesis, encouraging healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels, building and regulating muscle and nerve function and helping maintain a healthy body weight. The best dosage is around 200 to 400 mg magnesium per day, preferably with a meal or at bedtime. However, always make sure to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements.
SH: How does magnesium affect brain health? What's the science behind it?
RK: Magnesium plays a critical role in brain health by preserving neuronal function during periods of downtime. Deficiency can result in abnormal neuronal excitation (cells have more activation during periods when they are not intentionally activated), anxiety, and stress. Magnesium has been shown to increase NMDA transmission and signaling, a pathway in the brain that controls synaptic plasticity and memory function. Therefore, increased brain magnesium levels may prevent or reverse cognitive deficits and synaptic loss.
SH: What product would you recommend for people who are looking to add magnesium into their routines?
RK: Composed of three different types of magnesium known for having the highest absorption rates, our MagTech Magnesium Complex ($26.21) is one of the highest quality magnesium complexes available. This supplement is unlike any other in the market with a formula that has been found to support a number of health conditions like promoting relaxation and helping you achieve quality sleep, while also supporting healthy cognitive aging, learning and memory.
Featuring three types of magnesium known to have the highest absorption rates, each with unique biological effects: L-Threonate, Taurate and Glycinate, this supplement offers a unique breakthrough technology to help your body get all the magnesium it needs while also reducing the chance of any severe laxative effects that can come as side effects with some magnesium oxide and magnesium chloride formulations.
SH: Anything else we should know?
RK: If you would like all the mental benefits of magnesium, we also offer a bundle set of our GABA Brain Food + MagTech Magnesium Complex ($57.45)! Our GABA Brain Food is designed to support the normal, healthy production of GABA, a neurotransmitter essential to mental calmness, while the MagTech Magnesium is made for maximum cognition and improved sleep, making it everything you need to relax, boost cognition and get better and deeper sleep!
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