Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? We think the answer is yes and no.
Typically people settle for sub-par energy and vitality over long periods of time. When they realize they don’t feel great, then they look outside of themselves for the answer.
So, our basic response to supplementation is this:
Everything in life is about balance. When we only get one side of the story, we become out of balance and suffer the consequences. This holds true as we look at the relationship between calcium and magnesium. We have been so hung up on “calcium for your bones” for so many years, we have forgotten about, or never even knew about, the importance of magnesium.
Hearing loss is thought to impact the lives of over 35 million people in the US (source: The MarkeTrak VIII survey). The 2005 MarkeTrak VII report projected that the numbers of Americans with hearing loss will increase to 40 million by 2025 and 53 million by 2050. The majority linked to age related causes, a condition that can start in a person’s 40s but which is most apparent in people over 65.
Over the years I have grown to really value the important roles magnesium has in the body. I have seen it help many of my family members and friends with many different needs from muscle cramping to anxiety. For this post we will follow the same format we used for the top 20 reasons we love supplements. This list will continue to grow with interesting tidbits that might be helpful to you as we remember to add things, or learn new facts.
Free radicals are mostly bad, but did you know that lymphocytes, a type of immune cell within your body, use free radicals to kill bacteria and viruses, and that your liver uses them to break down toxins? The problem is, our modern environment exposes us to immense numbers of free radicals – pollution, strenuous exercise, radiation, tobacco, drugs (prescription or otherwise), pesticides, household chemicals, fried foods, fast foods, and more. Because of this we want to make sure to have plenty of anti-oxidants to combat their damage.
Methylation is a process that occurs in every single one of our cells. It involves a chemical methyl group (CH3) being passed around a series of molecules in a cycle. Methylation enables the body to detoxify toxins within our cells, repair damaged DNA, and create new healthy cells.
People who don’t know and love supplements like we do, love to claim that you are wasting your money taking them because they don’t get absorbed. The proof, they say, is the bright yellow urine you have when you take supplements.
We are going to clear that up for you so that you have a tidbit of information you can share with the naysayers.
Look at your supplement, avoid the form called Calcium Carbonate. It is basically chalk, and not well absorbed into the bones. It is an inexpensive form, and yields high milligrams (mgs) per serving, so it looks like you are getting a lot of Calcium. While this is true, you are getting a form which your body does not easily utilize properly.
Having worked in the health food industry for over 20 years I have learned quite a few things regarding supplements. There is a lot to know, and I certainly don’t know it all. In an industry that follows science that is ever evolving, it is important to always do your research. This supplements series will be an on-going list that should give you a good base to expand your knowledge from.
5. Check the color of your capsule or tablet. Are you taking supplements that are bright pink, shocking purple, brilliant blue, neon yellow, or florescent green? Ask yourself, and the company, what makes those so bright? It is more than likely an artificial color or dye. Companies do this to make their pills look more appealing. This is counter-productive when you are purchasing products under the assumption you are putting health supportive ingredients into your body. Your goal is to eliminate harmful chemicals and unnecessary ingredients from your diet. There is no place for FD&C RED #3, FD&C BLUE #1, FD&C Yellow #6, and so on, in a quality supplement! These dyes are toxic substances, so much so that the European Union has placed regulations on labeling products that contain them. So far, the United States does not require this.
9. Be mindful to follow recommended doses. Especially when the product has iron, or vitamin A. Vitamin A in the form of anything besides beta carotene, the form of vitamin A found in food, can be toxic at high doses.
10. Choose a B Complex over a single B. If you read or hear something great about one of the B vitamins and are compelled to go out and purchase it, buy a B Complex instead. This will give you a daily balance of all of the B vitamins, which work together synergistically in your body. This will help prevent any imbalances from occurring in the long run.
Especially when taken over a series of years, pharmaceutical birth control can have a significant effect on a woman’s ability to absorb and store nutrients, especially B vitamins. Over time, a woman who is depleted in nutrients is not likely to connect the dots and realize that her health problems may be due to “The Pill”.