Magnesium Orotate, a bioavailable form of magnesium
This supplement has been developed from a specific form of magnesium called magnesium orotate, a natural compound in which magnesium is bound to orotic acid to facilitate transport of the magnesium across cell membranes. Combining magnesium and orotic acid in this way produces a supplement with high bioavailability.
Magnesium, a mineral salt essential to health
Like calcium and potassium, the body needs magnesium in order to function properly. While primarily concentrated in the teeth and bones, this mineral salt is actually involved in all the body’s cells. It is particularly essential for muscle relaxation, and thus plays a key role in regulating the heart rate and in muscle release. As a consequence, it is often described as a natural anti-stress agent. In this context, it is also recognised for maintaining equilibrium in the nervous system and for supporting nerve impulse transmission. Magnesium’s benefits extend still further - it participates in hundreds of reactions within the body, such as protein synthesis, lipid metabolism, carbohydrate breakdown and hormone secretion.
Magnesium deficiency, a common problem
Despite the many functions it fulfils, magnesium cannot be synthesised by the body and must be ingested in order to meet our daily requirements. Although it is found in foods such as cocoa, dark chocolate, cereals and dried fruit, intake from the diet is often inadequate. Deficiency is particularly common in older people, but can also occur during periods of physical exertion or stressful situations. Magnesium deficiency can be difficult to diagnose, potentially manifesting in fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. These early symptoms can gradually progress to include muscle cramps, numbness, tremors and heart irregularities.
Magnesium Orotate, a pharma-grade formulation
As well as being indicated in cases of deficiency, magnesium supplementation also offers preventive and curative benefits. For example, it is used to treat muscle cramps, stress, anxiety, migraine, diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular problems such as hypertension. An optimal supplement, Magnesium Orotate is produced from an innovative form of magnesium with increased absorption and bioavailability. Delivered in high quality vegetarian capsules, it provides an ideal 500mg of magnesium orotate per capsule, with a suggested dose of 3 capsules a day, though this can be adapted to individual needs and the advice of your therapist. Along with magnesium orotate, other orotate minerals are available from the SuperSmart catalogue: , and .
|Daily dose: 3 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Elemental magnesium (from 1500mg of magnesium orotate)
||105 mg |
| Other ingredients : microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate. |
adults. Take 3 capsules a day.
Each capsule contains 500mg of magnesium orotate.
Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is one of the two main variants of vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin. It is present in nutritional supplements in the forms D2 (ergocalicferol) and D3. In the liver, both are converted into 25-hydroxy-vitamin D, or 25(OH)D.
The role of vitamin D in bone health is long-established. One of its principal biological roles is to maintain normal calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood. By promoting calcium absorption, it helps to form and maintain strong bones.
Over the last 10 years, research has demonstrated that vitamin D may offer a number of additional health benefits when given at the right dose.
Scientific studies suggest that vitamin D may reduce the risk of 17 different types of cancer, including that of the colon, breast, prostate, ovaries, oesophagus, kidneys or bladder. It may even improve treatment outcomes for patients already diagnosed with cancer.
Dr Cedric F Garland, a cancer prevention specialist at the Moores Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego, estimates that 250,000 cases of colon cancer and 350,000 cases of breast cancer might be prevented each year throughout the world by increasing consumption of vitamin D3. Studies suggest that vitamin D3 begins to have a protective effect when 25(OH)D blood levels reach between 24 and 32 ng/ml. According to these studies, a significant decrease in cancer risk might be achieved with a daily dose of vitamin D3 of 2000 IU.
One study suggests that vitamin D may help prevent the recurrence, or slow the progress, of prostate cancer in patients who have already been treated for the disease.
Vitamin D may improve survival rates for lung cancer patients.
Vitamin D3 also has an immuno-modulatory effect. One scientific article hypothesized that seasonal infections such as influenza, could be due to the lower vitamin D levels typically seen during winter months, and not to an increase in viral activity.
Low levels of 25(OH)D are associated with a higher incidence of hypertension, diabetes, obesity and elevated blood levels of triglycerides.
In patients suffering from congestive cardiac insufficiency, daily administration of 2000 IU vitamin D combined with 500 mg calcium reduced levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines partly responsible for their condition.
In elderly people, vitamin D supplementation reduced their predisposition to diabetes by slowing down decreases in insulin sensitivity.
It also significantly reduced the risk of falls in older persons.
Vitamin D3 is generally well-tolerated in adults at daily doses up to 2000 IU. Several studies suggest it may be safe even at doses up to 10,000 IU/day, although health authorities have set the safe upper limit at 1000 IU/day. Scientists, however, believe a healthy adult needs close to 1000 IU/day.
|Daily serving: 1 Softgel
Number of servings per bottle: 150
||1 000 IU
|Other ingredients: olive oil
Take one tablet a day or as advised by your therapist.
Warning: For doses above 2000 IU a day, a 25-hydroxyvitamin D analysis is recommended. If you suffer from kidney disease, do not take vitamin D3 without consulting your therapist. Do not exceed 10,000 IU a day, all sources combined, without the advice of your therapist.