Nature's Lab Magnesium Glycinate is a supplemental form of the essential macromineral magnesium. The second most abundant element in the body, magnesium supports over 300 enzyme-driven bodily functions.*
- Contributes to calcium absorption*
- Essential for cardiovascular and bone health*
- Helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function*
- Involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis*
- Plays an important part in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body*
- Gentle on the stomach*
Benefits of Supplemental Magnesium
Magnesium is one of the most abundant macro minerals in the body and the second most abundant element inside human cells. Magnesium supports over 300 enzyme-driven bodily functions and is often called the “Master Mineral” because of its crucial role in many bodily functions.* Magnesium is needed in large amounts by the body and must be supplied in the diet through food or supplement sources.
- Supports healthy bones, joints and muscles as well as the absorption and metabolism of calcium*
- Supports healthy mood regulation, relaxation, and helps regulate excessive cortisol related to stress*
- Supports heart health, vascular health, blood pressure and other cardiovascular functions*
- Supports the synthesis of protein and enzymes crucial to the intestines and digestive system*
Magnesium Glycinate featuring Albion® Magnesium
Nature's Lab Magnesium Glycinate is formulated with a chelated, buffered form of magnesium that’s highly absorbable and gentle on the stomach compared to other forms.* Chelated magnesium has been chemically bound to other molecules (typically amino acids; in this case, glycine) to facilitate transport through intestinal walls.* Minerals are naturally chelated during digestion, when stomach acid and enzymes break down protein into amino acids. The body, however, is not efficient at this process. Albion® magnesium bisglycinate chelate is a patented form that’s been clinically researched and chemically validated with TRAACS® (The Real Amino Acid Chelate System). Albion developed an exclusive technology that mimics the body's natural chelation process, producing readily absorbable magnesium for supplement use.*
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Why Supplement Magnesium?
Magnesium is an essential mineral, or one that is not created by the body. Instead, it must be obtained through a healthy diet. Unfortunately, more than 70% of Americans are deficient in magnesium due to soil depletion, grain refinement, poor diet and other environmental factors.* Certain medical conditions can also be associated with magnesium deficiency.* Supplementing with magnesium may be a convenient way to ensure adequate magnesium levels are reached.*
Various Forms of Magnesium
There are various forms of supplemental magnesium available, with various uses, forms, benefits, levels of bioavailability and more. Here are a few of the more popular forms of magnesium, including Magnesium Glycinate:
Glycine is a well-known calming amino acid. This combination has good bioavailability and does not have a laxative effect since glycine is actively transported through the intestinal wall. Due to the calming and relaxing effect of both glycine and magnesium, this combination has been used successfully for body relaxation and calming effects.
Often used in milk of magnesia products since this form has a strong laxative effect. Even though this combination contains a large proportion of magnesium compared to the oxide molecule, it has poor bioavailability and readily causes loose stools; therefore, it is considered the least optimal form to use as a supplement.Magnesium Sulfate:
This form is often used as an intravenous preparation but it is not used in oral formulations. Since it does have some absorbability through the skin, it is also found in Epsom bath salts. This is also the typical Magnesium used in laxatives.Magnesium Citrate:
A commonly used form that has a good bioavailability compared to oxide. It is also very rapidly absorbed in the digestive tract but it does have a stool loosening effect. This form is found in many supplements and remains a solid option for delivering magnesium into the body.Magnesium Carbonate:
This form of magnesium has antacid properties and can contain from 29-45% elemental magnesium.