Magnesium plays a role in countless body functions. In fact, the essential mineral is the second most prevalent electrolyte in the body after potassium, which should give an indication of its importance. According to the most recent information available from Statistics Canada, about 34 per cent of Canadian adults fail to meet their body’s magnesium needs through diet alone. This is a real concern when considering all of the varied functions of this mineral in the body.

Traditional food sources of magnesium include leafy greens like spinach, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Because of how common deficiency is, many Canadians turn to a magnesium supplement. Magnesium’s activity can be categorized into three broad categories: contributing to the structure of our bones; serving as a co-factor in over 300 important enzyme reactions; and contributing to nerve and muscle function.

One of the reasons magnesium has been getting so much attention recently is its role in nerve and muscle function. Magnesium is an activator of various protein enzymes that are responsible for helping to reduce inflammation, but all eyes are on it now because of its apparent role in mental health. A recent high-quality, systematic review found that supplemental magnesium helped to reduce symptoms of anxiety in a range of populations. Other research found an association between higher magnesium intake and decreased symptoms of depression. This is a growing area of research as scientists continue to unravel the many roles magnesium plays in the body.

Not all magnesium supplements are created equal. Some forms of magnesium are poorly absorbed, which can lead to stomach upset and diarrhea. CanPrev magnesium bis-glycinate is magnesium paired with glycine, an amino acid beneficial for your body. It is considered to be a superior form that is easily absorbable and easier on your stomach – meaning you can get the most out of your magnesium supplement, without any grief for your bowels. Two Pharmacy carries the full CanPrev line of magnesium with an assortment of dosages and forms.