Not all magnesium supplements are equally effective. One of the best is made by Charles Poliquin, and is called Ubermag. It is the combination of different types of magnesium that makes this product so effective at counteracting many of the symptoms of magnesium shortage, the most instantly noticeable being poor sleep.
Such is the effectiveness of Ubermag that it is one of my top sellers. It has to be introduced slowly to better enable magnesium levels in the body to recover. Ubermag costs £22.50 plus p&p for a pot of 90. Poliquin also sells a version of Ubermag with added tryptophan, called Ubermag Plus. The body turns tryptophan into serotonin, shortage of this is associated with depression. Ubermag Plus costs £24 for 90 pills. Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org for supplies.
One of the best sleep remedies there is is a combination of Charles Poliquin’s Ubermag and Zen Mag. Ubermag is made from magnesium mixed with four different amino acids: fumerate, orotate, glycine and taurine.
- Magnesium Fumerate helps the cells give energy – and will help reduce menopausal symptoms.
- Magnesium orotate reduces the symptoms of ADD and helps heart health.
- Magnesium glycinate helps the liver detoxify.
- Magnesium taurate is calming and increases the happy neurotransmitter, GABA.
- Magnesium itself is calming, vital for heart health and increases insulin sensitivity, so helping weight loss.
- The other way Ubermag helps weight loss is by improving sleep. When we are tired, food cravings are much harder to deal with.
Zen Mag costs £38 for 90 pills. That is the bad news; the good news is that you don’t need so much Zen Mag when taken with Ubermag. Zen Mag is a compound of magnesium and threonate, called Magtein (click on the link for more information), with additional Inositol. Magnesium threonate is a very calming compound, so very good for the stressed. It is also good for the brain, making it sharper. Mind you, sleeping well makes everyone’s brain sharper. Inositol is also calming and shows great promise in reducing depression; we don’t hear much about Inositol, of course, because there is much more money to be made by peddling SSRIs and their ilk.
I have written a number of blogs about the benefits of taking magnesium. The linked blog is the first in the series and is a more detailed summary. Top nutritionists summarise magnesium by calling it both the mineral of the menopause and the mineral of weightloss.
There are three problems that make magnesium supplementation a daily necessity. Problem one stems from the fact that magnesium has been leached from the soil by years of the application of agro-chemicals instead of nutritionally rich organic matter. This means there is no longer enough magnesium in the food for our health and low magnesium levels lead to a number of symptoms including the following:
- Poor quality sleep.
- Low energy levels
- Muscle cramps
- Restless leg syndrome
- Heart problems.
- Glucose intolerance
- The combination of the above – metabolic syndrome
The second problem comes from heavy metal toxicity, which blocks the magnesium receptors on the cells, making it hard to build up the body’s magnesium stores, and leading to an even greater need to supplement with magnesium daily.
The third problem comes from our low levels of HCl in the stomach. The body likes its magnesium to arrive attached to a protein, so what magnesium there is left in our food needs to be cleaved from the protein by a very acidic stomach. To have good levels of HCl in our stomach, we need good levels of zinc in our diet – another micro-mineral lacking in the soil. Therefore we are in a vicious cycle.
I recently gave the two lists of the top five supplements as given by coach Charles Poliquin and by leading nutritionists, and both lists included magnesium. Not all magnesium supplements are made equal. The linked blog covers many of the forms. Because of the three problems listed above, magnesium needs to be taken in a decent dose to have a significant effect upon the symptoms of magnesium shortage – and most forms of magnesium supplementation are either fairly ineffective or, if taken in good quantities, lead to a case of the trots. In my experience of dealing with people coming in with a multitude of problems, the order of events is fix the guts, fix the sleep. And rarely do I come across someone who really sleeps well and for long enough. Sleeping well means going to bed at a decent time, falling asleep easily and waking up without the need for an alarm clock, feeling completely refreshed and without having got up in the night to pee.
As a lifelong insomniac, all I can say is I wish I’d come across Ubermag much earlier.