Magnesium is a mineral that's vital for various bodily functions. It is found throughout the body, is present in various foods, and is also available in supplement form. Magnesium helps to regulate various reactions in the body such as protein synthesis, nerve function, and blood pressure. It is also necessary for the development of bone structure, contraction of muscles, and maintaining a normal heart rhythm.
You can find Magnesium in various plant based foods such as bananas, figs, berries, nuts, legumes, tofu, seeds, and grains as well as some animal products like fatty fish and dairy. Supplements offer various forms of Magnesium such as magnesium oxide, citrate, and chloride. We’ve chosen to include Magnesium Oxide because of its high potency compared to other forms of Magnesium.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults is 400-420 mg for men and 310-320 mg for women. We have included a low-dose of Magnesium Oxide in our Multivitamin for Vegans to act primarily as an absorption aid, providing support for the uptake of other nutrients like Vitamin D, Calcium, and Zinc. Because a plant based diet is filled with Magnesium rich foods, we provide a microdose mainly to improve absorption and support bioavailability of other key nutrients.
Magnesium supplements deliver an important mineral that plays a role in various bodily functions such as promoting bone-building cells, increasing overall bone density, and ultimately protecting your body from injury and conditions like osteoporosis. Magnesium has also been coined the “power mineral” because of its ability to transform glucose found in food into usable energy, helping to reduce feelings of tiredness and fatigue. Long story short - magnesium supplements allow you to step into each day feeling strong and spirited!
If you stay within the recommended daily dosage, then taking a magnesium supplement every day is both safe and beneficial to your health. Daily supplementation is particularly beneficial for vegans because magnesium supports the absorption of other key nutrients such as Vitamin D and Calcium. While a balanced, plant-based diet can provide a solid foundation for magnesium intake, daily supplementation is an effective way to ensure you’re meeting your daily needs!
There’s not one right time to take your magnesium - however, there may be more ideal times based on the type of magnesium you are consuming and its intended purpose. For example, we utilize magnesium oxide which has been known to get things moving in your digestive system. To maximize absorbability and minimize/avoid any discomfort, this type of magnesium should be taken with a meal.
Research has indicated that magnesium may help to support and optimize brain functions that play a role in managing stress and anxiety. The reasoning being that magnesium may impact your hypothalamus, an area of the brain that regulates your pituitary and adrenal glands. These glands generate your response to stress and thus magnesium influences your body’s ability to manage these emotions and responses in more controlled and positive ways.
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