Ring the Bell for Magnesium Priority

*Interview with Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw Regarding the Importance of Magnesium

Epidemiological studies conducted in countries such as Germany, Sweden, South Africa, and Italy strongly suggest that low levels of magnesium in the water supply are associated with coronary heart disease.1-4  Indeed, it is now becoming clear that inadequate levels of magnesium is a problem throughout the Western World, and that a lower than normal dietary intake increases the risk of hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, ischemic heart disease, arherogenesis and sudden cardiac death.5  Moreover, shortages of serum magnesium often appear to be associated with other cardiovascular problems including coronary vasospasm.  The above data has been evident for quite some time.

However, as Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw point out, there are other reasons for increasing dietary supplementary intake of magnesium beyond the RDA. If you miss the ringing of the magnesium bell and what they have to say in the following exchange, you miss at your own risk.

DURK: For many years it’s been realized that magnesium is important to cardiovascular health and inadequate quantities of magnesium lead to an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease.  Unfortunately, many of the most common sources of magnesium, such as milk of magnesia have a low bioavailability (not being fully absorbed in the body).  A few years ago the FDA proposed reducing the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium from 400 mg to 200 mg.  There was such an outcry about it that they backed off. 400 mg is about the lowest amount of magnesium an adult ought to consider taking, and most people aren’t getting even half of that in their diet.  Most forms of magnesium are not well absorbed.  (Life Priority offers magnesium bisglycinate which many feel is the most bioavailable form).

GREG: How much magnesium are you and Sandy taking a day?

DURK: I was taking 400 mg per day.  However, I’ve recently doubled that to 800 mg and so has Sandy because of an interesting paper we read about loud noises (from shooting firearms) caused damage to the cochlea hair cells in the ear and even to the auditory nerve.  The scientists found that this excitotoxic damage can be partially prevented and recovery from temporary hearing loss (due to the loud noise) hastened with 700 mg a day of magnesium.

SANDY:  This is not an adequate substitute for ear protectors when one is shooting a gun or operating noisy machinery, however.


For many years it’s been realized that

magnesium is important to cardiovascular

health and that inadequate quantities

of magnesium lead to an increased

incidence of cardiovascular disease.


GREG: Or while subjecting oneself to loud music or attending concerts, I’ll bet.

DURK: Perhaps. But the study shows that at least some excitotoxic damage can be prevented.

GREG: Is this the way that magnesium operates?

DURK:  magnesium and taurine can help prevent excitotoxic damage, among other things.  And taurine is certainly concentrated in the nervous system.  However, magnesium and taurine don’t necessarily work in exactly the same place in the excitotoxin cascade.

GREG: Can the benefit of one add to the benefit of the other?

DURK: Possibly…plausibly.


The scientists found that this excitotoxic

damage can be partially prevented and

recovery from temporary hearing loss

(due to the loud noise) hastened with

700 mg a day of magnesium.


GREG: Can they at least be supplementary?

DURK: In any case we’ve increased our magnesium dose.  In addition, this probably gives us more cardiovascular protection.  There have been a lot of
suggestions that 800 mg of magnesium is a good idea for cardiovascular protection; but the way we figure it, some excitotoxin damage is going on all the time.  Taking magnesium “sounds” like a good way of reducing possible damage due to inadvertent exposure.  Even though we’re not exposed to loud noises without ear protection, there’s going to be natural excitotoxin damage occurring as part of the wear and tear of everyday life and aging.

Many common sources of magnesium such as dolomite-which contains a mixture of calcium and magnesium carbonate-and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide), as we’ve said, have relatively low bioavailability.

GREG: Life Priority  Magnesium Priority™ contains 200 mg of magnesium bisglycinate in 3 capsules, a highly bioavailable form of magnesium.  So what is MAGNESIUM BISGLYCINATE? It is a mineral supplement primarily used to help support those with nutritional deficiencies. Research suggests it can help reduce leg cramps and also eases menstrual cramps. It can play a supporting role that occur due to high blood pressure. Magnesium bisglycinate is also gentler on the gut and causes a more calming effect.

To clarify, magnesium bisglycinate, magnesium glycinate, and magnesium diglycinate all refer to the same compound which consists of one magnesium atom bonded to two glycine molecules. In other words, it’s formed when magnesium is combined with the amino acid named “glycine” and is primarily used by individuals with a low amount of magnesium in their blood.

Although there is limited research available to fully understand the varied functions magnesium performs in the body, we do know that magnesium
bisglycinate is often considered more effective for its higher absorbability and bioavailability, which is why it is so effective at treating magnesium

DURK:  Start out the first few days with just 1-3 capsules and then and 3-4 and slowly build it up to 6.  If you start out right away taking 6 caps per day,
you’re pretty sure to get diarrhea.

GREG:  I hear you and, therefore, I intend to make Magnesium Priority™ a daily part of my dietary supplement regimen.


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