The importance of Magnesium
Magnesium is the mineral that just keeps growing in popularity. Nutritional Outlook has included magnesium in its annual Ingredients to Watch projections for the next few years- and their reasons are strong (1). The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s (CRN; Washington, DC) latest Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, conducted on more than 2000 U.S. adults in August 2019, ranked magnesium as one of the top-10 dietary supplements U.S. consumers take. In the 2019 survey, 18% of supplement users surveyed said they take magnesium.
Several studies have demonstrated magnesium’s role in many body systems. The mineral helps regulate heart muscle contraction and relaxes arterial smooth muscles to promote healthy blood flow. Magnesium also helps in synaptic connections between neurons to support memory. It is also becoming common knowledge that magnesium supports more regular bowel movements (2).
In recent months, it has been reported that Magnesium is one of the most frequently encountered dietary deficiencies and low levels of this nutrient can put people at risk for a wide variety of health issues (3). In our diet we normally obtain magnesium from nuts and seeds (e.g. Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds), wholegrain breakfast cereals, wholegrain and seeded breads, brown rice and quinoa, so people who do not eat a healthy, varied diet rich in whole grains may benefit from magnesium as a supplement.
Zinc- an essential micronutrient
Zinc is an essential micronutrient that’s needed for numerous functions in our body. It’s also important for a strong immune system and helps keep our skin, eyes, and heart healthy.
Due to the global pandemic, zinc supplement sales have grown and are also catching up to calcium and magnesium. One of zinc’s most-researched benefits is immunity—especially when it comes to decreasing the length of a cold and preventing it from getting worse. In addition, zinc plays a role in cognition, memory and in metabolic syndrome- associated inflammation (5).
While there are many food sources of zinc, including meat and shellfish, some people may be at a higher risk of not getting enough zinc in their diets such as those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, vegetarians and vegans (4). The typical absorption rate of zinc is 30% and it is more bioavailable when consumed from an animal source, so it is a good idea for vegetarians and vegans to consider zinc supplementation to avoid potential deficiency.
What are the benefits of taking Zinc and Magnesium together?
Magnesium contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue, normal energy yielding metabolism, normal functioning of the nervous system & normal muscle function. Zinc contributes to the normal function of the immune system, normal fertility and reproduction, maintenance of normal bones and has a role in the process of cell division. Taken together, in the correct dosage, Zinc and Magnesium work synergistically- Magnesium helps your body regulate its Zinc levels, and Zinc allows it to absorb Magnesium more efficiently.
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