Magnesium: The Essential Mineral for Well-being

Magnesium is a cornerstone mineral in nutrition, playing a pivotal role in our health and well-being.

Magnesium is a cornerstone mineral in nutrition, playing a pivotal role in our health and well-being. At NutriChem, our dedication to providing the highest quality magnesium supplements began in 2007 with the launch of our flagship product, MegaMag. Containing pure magnesium glycinate, MegaMag sets a standard for purity and absorption in magnesium supplements.

The Function of Magnesium

Magnesium’s role in the body is multifaceted and vital. It’s involved in over 800 biological processes and is essential for cellular activity. Here are some of the key functions magnesium performs:

  • Energy Production: Magnesium activates enzymes that help metabolize food into energy.
  • Cardiovascular Function: It contributes to heart health and blood pressure regulation.
  • Bone Health: Regulates calcium levels, contributing to bone density.
  • Muscle Contraction and Relaxation: Plays a critical role in neuromuscular signals and muscle contractions.
  • DNA Protection and Repair: Aids in the maintenance and repair of DNA structures.


Magnesium Supplementation: A Closer Look

Here’s a quick guide to match the form of magnesium to your health needs:

  • Magnesium Glycinate: Best for muscle health, energy support, sleep and managing anxiety or restlessness. It’s well-absorbed with minimal side effects.
  • Magnesium Citrate: Suitable for muscle health and combatting constipation. It has moderate absorption and an increased risk of loose stools.
  • Magnesium Threonate: Ideal for cognitive function and chronic fatigue. It’s well-absorbed with minimal side effects.
  • Magnesium Oxide: Primarily used for chronic constipation. It is poorly absorbed, with an increased risk of loose stools.
  • Magnesium Dosage and Daily Intake

The recommended daily intake of magnesium varies by age, sex and life stage. Women typically need around 320 mg per day, while men may need about 420 mg. However, these needs can increase under certain conditions such as high stress or physical activity.

An illustrative scale of absorption might look like this:


For Whom is Magnesium Beneficial?

Magnesium can be especially beneficial for up to 40% of Canadians who are not achieving adequate magnesium intake. Here are some conditions and issues that magnesium can help address:

  • Anxiety and Restlessness: Magnesium has calming properties that can ease anxiety and promote relaxation.
  • Headaches and Migraines: It can help prevent or ease headaches, including migraines.
  • Insomnia: The mineral is known for its ability to support sleep quality.
  • Muscle Cramping: Magnesium assists in muscle relaxation, which can reduce cramping.
  • Chronic GI Issues: Supports digestive health and can help manage conditions like constipation.
  • Respiratory Health: This has been linked to improved symptoms of asthma.
  • Allergies: Can modulate the body’s allergic response.
  • Chronic Fatigue: Involved in energy production, it can help reduce feelings of fatigue.
  • Inflammation: Magnesium has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cognitive Function & ADHD: Supports brain health and focus.
  • Cardiovascular Health: Essential for maintaining a healthy heart and circulatory system.


Magnesium is an indispensable mineral that supports many bodily functions. Choosing the right form and understanding the correct dosage is key to maximizing its benefits. Remember, while supplements can support your diet, they should not replace a balanced, nutrient-rich eating plan. Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.

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Dr.Adam Livingston in Pharmacy

Adam is a licensed pharmacist and NutriChem’s Deprescribing Program Coordinator. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Queen’s University before attending The University of Toronto, where he graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2017. As a pharmacist, Adam is a proponent of the appropriate use of medications. However, he is also passionate about providing patients with evidence-based options, whether these are prescription drugs or natural alternatives where appropriate.

By combining pharmacological and natural approaches to patients’ treatment regimens, Adam aims to maximize patient outcomes, not just dispense more prescription drugs. His professional interests include deprescribing, digestive health, mental health, and addiction. If you have had poor results with your prescription medications, come in to NutriChem and have a chat with Adam today!