Let’s get into critical
Let’s get critical, critical. I wanna get critical, let’s get into critical. Let me hear your body talk! That’s not really how the song goes but it’s what we should be. The theory about calcium is that it helps to improve our bone density and overall bone health, but in reality multiple studies have linked higher levels of calcium, and particularly the use of calcium supplements, with a greater risk for heart attacks, especially in women. Without a chelating agent like citric acid, calcium carbonate, which can be found in most calcium supplements and also in pasteurized milk, is very difficult for the body to absorb. So calcium needs to be acquired from dietary sources in order to have more favorable effects on bone health!
Magnesium = Elysium
Abrams was the head of a study at the Baylor College of Medicine that focused on the intake and absorption of magnesium during childhood. The study found something surprising : calcium intake and absorption was not significantly associated with the total bone mineral content and bone density, BUT magnesium intake and absorption was.
“Dietary magnesium intake may be an important, relatively unrecognized, factor in bone mineral accretion in children,” the researchers revealed.
“Lots of nutrients are key for children to have healthy bones. One of these appears to be magnesium,” said Abrams. “Calcium is important, but, except for those children and adolescents with very low intakes, may not be more important than magnesium.”
The researchers suggest that parents in particular make sure their children get plenty of magnesium for healthy bone growth. They also emphasized the fact that they would like to see more awareness about the benefits magnesium has and which important role it plays in bone health increase in general.
Apart from children, the elderly are also able to really benefit from a higher magnesium intake considering they are at increased risk for bone fractures (according to a report by Kathryn M. Ride and colleagues from the University of Memphis, Tennessee).
So now what?
Historically, the ideal ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet appears to be a 1:1 ratio. Even a ratio of 2:1 is adequate; however, today’s diets contain a calcium to magnesium ratio of closer to 10:1 – that’s ten times more calcium than magnesium!
It can be tricky to measure your magnesium levels considering merely a tiny fraction of your body’s magnesium is stored in the blood. If that level drops, your body naturally takes magnesium from your bones and tissue to restore that level. The consequence could be that, while a blood test may reveal a normal reading of magnesium levels, your body could still be lacking it.
There are some magnesium-rich foods which you introduce in your diet: cacao, seeds, nuts of any kind, and green leafy vegetables. It’s not always that easy though to take in a sufficient amount of magnesium. So we decided to add Magnesium as a supplement to our latest NutraVita Vitality Range. These core supplements will offer you the right amount of daily needed goodies for your body. And they can be ordered on this site with free expedited delivery to UK mainland.