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23 August, 2011
This is an article written by strength Charles Poliquin about Ubermag. Probably the most commonly sold supplement at Studio41 Personal Training Studio along with fishoil and a good multivitamin.
All functional medicine practitioners would agree that magnesium and zinc are the most common mineral deficiencies found in humans in the Western world. Excessive consumption of carbohydrates, sugar, caffeine, and calcium, or stress, anxiety, and acidosis, are just some of the few factors that deplete magnesium levels. Even the fluoride in most toothpaste preparations will lower magnesium levels.
Restoring magnesium levels has helped many ailments from autism to insulin resistance. The limiting factor has always been absorption and utilization. Übermag is a combination of four different magnesium complexes: magnesium taurate (50 mg); magnesium glycinate (50 mg); magnesium fumarate (25 mg); and magnesium orotate (25 mg).
Magnesium taurate is not simply a blend of the two materials but rather a fullyreacted amino acid-mineral complex. Unlike other magnesium preparations, it is very unlikely to cause gastro-intestinal distress. Research shows that magnesium and the amino acid, taurine, have some interchangeable and synergistic roles. Magnesium helps to regulate
taurine absorption while taurine can replace some of magnesium’s functions when magnesium is deficient. Both taurine and magnesium are known to optimize cell membrane function particularly with regards to regulating the heart’s rhythm. Both nutrients exert sedative effects and lower the excitability of nerve cells. This combination works well to calm individuals.
Magnesium glycinate is also an amino acid-mineral complex. Again it is a fullyreacted complex and not simply a blend of the two materials. It has been shown to support ATP production, thus impacting energy levels. Magnesium glycinate is particularly recommended for improving muscle contractility and relaxation, promoting healthy nerve conduction, intestinal motility, bone mineralization, and preventing muscle cramps. This chelate has a high affinity for the liver and muscles.
Magnesium fumarate could be considered the energy production magnesium as it is the salt of a naturally occurring organic acid, fumaric acid, which is also one of the key intermediates in the tricarboxylic acid cycle for organic acid biosynthesis. It is recognized as an important stress-fighter. Because it is involved in the Krebs cycle, it contributes to efficient ATP production. Macronutrients (protein, fats, and carbs) cannot produce energy efficiently without this type of magnesium.
Magnesium orotate is magnesium bound to orotic acid. Magnesium orotate has been shown to support the heart’s ability to endure and recover from chronic and acute stressors. This form of magnesium produces an effect through a variety of mechanisms such as maintenance of normal glycogen stores, inducing protein synthesis, optimizing both ATP levels, and improving contractile function. Magnesium orotate is also invaluable at mitigating cortisol response from the sympathetic nervous system.
Ubermag restores magnesium levels rapidly as it targets multiple tissues, and by its very design improves absorption and intestinal tolerance of magnesium.