We already know you’re familiar with mighty magnesium, an essential major mineral our bodies need to support bone health and bone mineralization.** But that isn’t all magnesium can do. By playing a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, magnesium is one of the nutrients our body needs the most, but did you know that there are different types of magnesium? While there are many different types of magnesium, we have highlighted a few common types that can be found in dietary supplements.
Magnesium aspartate, the magnesium salt of aspartic acid, is a chelated mineral. Chelation is a binding process that combines inorganic minerals, like magnesium, with organic compounds, like amino acids – in this case, aspartic acid. All organic bound magnesium salts, such as magnesium citrate, gluconate, orotate, or aspartate are recommended because of their high bioavailability (Grober, 2015). Interestingly aspartic acid was discovered after being isolated from asparagus juice in the early 1800s. Aspartate is considered a non-essential amino acid.
Magnesium oxide supports energy metabolism and is critical for enzyme function.** Magnesium oxide is derived from ancient oceanic deposits and is a source of elemental magnesium. Magnesium oxide is one of the most common forms used in supplements.
This is likely one of the most celebrated forms of magnesium out there. In addition to being one of the most common forms of magnesium, it is also one of the most studied forms. Compared to other forms, magnesium citrate is the preferred form for bioavailability and absorption (Walker, 2003), which is important for one of magnesium’s responsibilities in the body: regulating calcium transport between cells.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, diabetes is one of the most expensive and chronic diseases that affects over 23 million people. Even more alarming is that many people may not know they are at risk: 84 million adults have prediabetes, while over 7 million people are undiagnosed. These numbers make diabetes one of the most common health issues in the United States.
What is diabetes?
When someone has Type 1 diabetes, the body does not make insulin or it is making very little. It is currently unknown how Type 1 diabetes can be prevented but for the small population that has Type 1 diabetes, it can be managed. On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with lifestyle maintenance.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes and happens when the body does not use insulin properly.
This is also known as insulin resistance. In turn, the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for the deficiency. In the long run, the pancreas cannot maintain blood glucose levels. Because of these actions, blood glucose levels rise higher than they should.
How is diabetes diagnosed?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the following methods may be used to formally diagnose diabetes:
Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test
Fasting blood sugar test (8 hours of fasting or more)
Random blood sugar test
Oral glucose tolerance test
Only a licensed physician can diagnose diabetes or prediabetes.
Who is likely to develop diabetes?
Diabetes can impact anyone, but there are some factors that can increase risks. The following are considered risk factors for Type 2 diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control:
Being age 45 or older
Are of Native American, African American, or Hispanic descent
Live a sedentary lifestyle
Fast facts about diabetes (According to the American Diabetes Association):
Diabetes is considered by many professionals to be a fast-growing public health crisis. The following statistics highlight just part of the story:
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US.
Every year, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes.
Gestational diabetes occurs in 9.2% of pregnancies and happens when the woman cannot make and use all of the insulin the body needs for pregnancy.
In adults over 60, having both diabetes and cardiovascular disease may shorten lifespans by up to 12 years.
Approximately 193,000 Americans under the age of 20 have diagnosed diabetes.
For more information about diabetes, visit:
American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/home/index.html
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes
With age comes wisdom, and sometimes that means the wisdom to admit joints may not feel as lubricated as they used to be. While joint health supplements may play a role in the maintenance of healthy joints, there are other lifestyle actions and choices that can help support your joints and maintain optimal flexibility.
Pay attention to pain
Does something feel uncomfortable, and is it lingering? It might be time to take that pain to the doctor and see what is really going on.
Low-impact activities, like swimming and yoga, are gentler on joints compared to high-intensity workouts. Golf and walking are other options depending on mobility levels.
Practice your range of motion
To stay flexible and exercise joints, bending and rotating through the full range of motions to the best of your ability helps preserve and maintain the current range of motion.
Maintain a healthy weight
Easier said than done, but excess body weight adds stress to joints. Even a 10-pound loss has a significant impact on joint health.
Don’t overdo activities
If you’re getting back into exercise after a break, don’t do too much too soon. Your joints aren’t used to it, and you may cause injury.
Icing sore joints is a free way to relieve swelling and dull pain. It is a great drug-free way to maintain comfort!
Eat a healthy diet
Eating right ensures joints get the nutrients they need to be strong, like calcium and Vitamin D.
Improve your posture
Standing and sitting up straight puts less stress on joints by working core muscles.