Created by Dr. Carolyn Dean (author of The Magnesium Miracle), ReMag™ minerals are meticulously created from a pure source of magnesium chloride and developed to deliver stabilized magnesium ions that are similar in size to plant magnesium. ReMag is a picometer-ionic form of magnesium,smaller in diameter than the body’s cell mineral ion channels. Its direct and complete absorption into cells means ReMag™ bypasses a leaky gut and does not even reach the large intestine to cause diarrhea.
- Activates 700-800 body enzyme systems
- 100% absorbed at the cellular level
- Liquid formula. Strong mineral taste.
ReMag™is truly The Magnesium Miracle™ as it is an essential cofactor required by 700-800 enzyme systems that promote thousands of biochemical reactors in the body. It regulates temperature, produces and transports energy, transmits nerve signals, and relaxes muscles. Magnesium is vital for glucose, fat, and protein metabolism, and affects every cell in the body in a positive life-supporting way. Magnesium also supportshealthy bones by regulating calcium absorption and metabolising the active form of Vitamin D from its storage form.
It’s noteworthy that low potassium can increase urinary magnesium loss. And if your magnesium and potassium are already low, your potassium levels have a harder time improving without additional magnesium.
What to Look For In a Magnesium Supplement
What form of magnesium should you take, and how do you make the best decision for you? There are a staggering number of different magnesium supplements on the market. With so many to choose from, how can you pick one that is going to be the most effective? There are 2 important factors when considering how to select a magnesium supplement:
1. Ingredient Source and Purity
Many magnesium products contain compounds that are not easily absorbed or only provide a small amount of elemental magnesium. Ask for the manufacturer’s certificate of analysis (“COA”) to review for label claims and heavy metal content.
2. Absorption Level
Most magnesium tablets and capsules come in 400mg servings, with the body only able to absorb ~20% of the actual mineral because of how they are made. So, while you think you’re getting 400 mg of magnesium when you’re really only absorbing 80 mg!
There are over 10 types of magnesium that our bodies can utilize, each with a different, scientific name. But all magnesium begins in its pure ionic form, ready to react with other elements or ingredients to become stable. In addition to different additives that take away from its purity, many supplement companies have taken on specialized terms to describe their mixture of magnesium types in attempt to make something new.
Source and Purity of ReMag™
The company that manufactures ReMag™ buys 99.98 – 99.99% pure magnesium ingots. The current source is from San Bernardino Co., California, mined as dolomite. These ingots are broken down into liquid soluble minerals. Thus there are as little as 0.01 – 0.02% impurities in our magnesium chloride. This compares very favourably to high-quality versions of magnesium citrate that are 98% pure, or magnesium chloride from salt lakes that is 96% pure. The key is that 99.98-99.99% pure is just that, 99.98- 99.99% pure, no matter the source.
Magnesium from Magnesium Chloride, Reverse OsmosisWater (Met™ Water)
Where is Magnesium Stored in the Body?
The body needs between 3 and 5 mg of magnesium per kg of body weight, and its balance is highly regulated by intestinal absorption and excretion through the urinary tract (or intestines when intake is too much too quickly). The distribution of magnesium within the body can be broken down to about
- 50–60% in the bones
- 20% in skeletal muscles
- 19% in other soft tissues
- less than 1% in the extracellular fluid
Magnesium status within the body is regulated through gastrointestinal absorption, renal excretion, and exchange from magnesium stores in the bones. When magnesium intake is low, the body increases the percent of magnesium absorbed from the diet, decreases the amount excreted through the urine, and pulls magnesium from the bones to make it more available to other tissues throughout the body.
What Blood Tests Are Available to Measure Magnesium Status?
Several different tests exist for magnesium, some of which are more accurate than others.
Serum is the clear, liquid part of blood, which does not include the red and white blood cells, platelets, and clotting proteins found in whole blood. While serum magnesium is the most widely used measurement for magnesium status (often used in doctors’ and medical offices), it has been recognised as unreliable for diagnosing most cases of magnesium deficiency, especially chronic or subclinical deficiency. Many studies have found a correlation between low magnesium intake and increased risk of disease, however, this relationship often does not correlate with serum magnesium levels.
The “normal” range of serum magnesium has been defined as 0.7 to 1 mmol/L. As explained above, less than 1% of total body magnesium is found in the serum. Also, due to the tight control of serum magnesium levels, levels of magnesium in the serum stop increasing in response to supplementation before truly sufficient levels of magnesium are reached throughout the body. This means that, while low serum magnesium is likely a good indicator of magnesium deficiency, serum magnesium within the accepted range does not indicate sufficient magnesium status throughout the body.
Red Blood Cell (RBC) and Whole Blood Magnesium
Red blood cell (RBC) magnesium measures the amount of magnesium in the red blood cells alone. While this is a better indicator of magnesium status than the serum magnesium measurement (it is more reflective of magnesium status within tissues), it is still not as accurate as the whole blood magnesium measurement. The whole blood magnesium includes the measure of magnesium in all types of blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, etc.) as well as the serum, which is a better indicator of magnesium status in the body and tissues than either the serum magnesium or RBC magnesium alone.
The reference range of the whole blood magnesium test is 29-51 mg/L, which is the range of the average population the lab serves, and does not necessarily indicate the optimal range for health. Aiming for the higher end of this range is likely a good target to help ensure you are getting enough magnesium and to avoid magnesium deficiency.
Ionized Magnesium Blood Test
The Ionized Magnesium Blood Test, which measures the circulating ionized magnesium (iMg2+) in whole blood, is difficult to obtain and is expensive, however, it is a more accurate reflection of magnesium status than serum, RBC, and whole blood magnesium. This blood test measures the free, bioactive form of ionized magnesium (unbound from its organic and/or inorganic anions), and is helpful for determining the amount of bioavailable magnesium available to the tissues through the blood.
What is the Best Way to Determine if You Are Getting Enough Magnesium?
Whatever diet or magnesium supplements you choose, one of the best ways to tell if you are getting enough magnesium is to track your symptoms. Some of the first symptoms that have been shown to improve upon supplementation with magnesium include better sleep, less muscle cramping, stabilisation of blood pressure, an increased sense of calm, improved energy and focus, fewer heart palpitations, better joint mobility and less pain. While the absolute best measurement of magnesium in the body is an Ionized Magnesium Blood Test, it is not widely used and is difficult to access.
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