Magnesium supplements are not all the same.
Magnesium supplements come in a variety of forms or ‘salts’. Examples include magnesium chloride, magnesium oxide, magnesium citrate, magnesium orotate and magnesium glycinate. While all of these salts can provide the body with elemental magnesium, they vary in one important way. That is, they differ in how well they are absorbed from the gut.
This is important for two reasons. Firstly, and most obviously, the more magnesium that gets absorbed the more the tissues of the body receive. Secondly, if the magnesium does not get absorbed it stays in the digestive tract and works as a laxative. This can impair the absorption of other nutrients by decreasing the time they have to be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. As little as around 5% of supplemental Magnesium oxide (one magnesium salt) may be absorbed. Epsom salts is an effective laxative because of the magnesium it contains (Magnesium sulfate).
Magnesium glycinate, on the other hand, contains magnesium bound to glycine, a non-essential amino acid. It is absorbed extremely readily (up to 95%) because the body absorbs it as if it were an amino acid – a building block of protein. Because it is so well absorbed, it has a very minimal laxative effect.
Magnesium glycinate is an excellent choice for deficiency, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, nerve pain, chronic pain, muscle cramps and also to help improve mood.
A further advantage of magnesium in its glycinate form is the glycine amino acid component. Glycine has been shown to have a calming effect on the nervous system, enhancing the effect of the magnesium. In addition, glycine helps remove mercury from the body by a process called chelation. Mercury can lead to emotional instability and is often found in very minute quantities in ocean derived fish oils.
Many commercial products use mixtures of magnesium salts that save in manufacturing costs. Furthermore, many supplements are accompanied by dubious claims and very weak research. At Border Compounding Pharmacy, we use only premium, research backed forms of vitamins and supplements and can prepare them at individually-tailored dosages.
If you are seeking a superior Magnesium supplement, or are getting unpleasant side effects from your current magnesium supplements, let us help you.
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Can a compounding pharmacy help with migraines and headaches? Absolutely.
At Border Compounding pharmacy, our pharmacists can combine a number of ingredients and turn them into a gel that can be applied to the first 2 molars on the top gum. You can see from the diagram above this corresponds to the maxillary nerve. By telling this nerve to stop with the pain, you can get it to tell all the other ones in the trigeminal nerve meeting point to stop with the pain too.
The human skin microbiome has been established as being one of the master controls of dermal health. Most people are aware of the presence of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, but there are other types of organisms present on healthy skin. The biome consists of bacteria, viruses, yeasts and mites.
The main form of mites on the skin are Demodex mites. They reside in the pores of the skin devouring sebum and other dead skin material. There are numerous strains of Demodex mites which vary according to the location they are found. In healthy skin at normal levels, demodex mites appear to release various substances known as immune reactive lipases, which may protect against S.Aureus and S.Pyogenes. Generally, demodex mites are innocuous and inconspicuous - even when their population is excessive. However, in the presence of increased lipid or sebum production or in instances of dermal immunosuppression, demodex mites flourish and start to release inflammatory chemicals. This is believed to be the basis for the inflammation and secondary bacterial infections associated with rosacea and perioral dermatitis.
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