The Magnificent Mineral- Magnesium
By Jason Ivesdal

Do you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you have constipation? Do you get frequent headaches (even migraines) or do you get muscle cramps (or heart palpitations)? Do you know many of these can be helped and probably fixed with magnesium? Any time a client deals with poor sleep we let them know about how effective magnesium, especially magnesium glycinate is for sleep. Take a couple of caps of magnesium glycinate before bed and it’s truly “lights out” when the lights go out.

If you’re not a believer in magnesium, you will be a disciple after you try a few capsules of magnesium glycinate. Magnesium is truly one of the supplements you can feel working immediately. I had one client that battled me for years on taking magnesium. When Ambien finally stopped working, wouldn’t you know that it was magnesium to the rescue. Not only did magnesium fix her sleep, but it also cured her constipation.

Since we have so many success stories with magnesium, and since magnesium deficiency is so prevalent (up to 78% of the population), we decided to include it in our Core4 supplement program.

Magnesium Fast Facts

  1. You have at least a 68% chance of being deficient in magnesium. [i]

  2. Many of our clients take magnesium as it dramatically improves their sleep, improves their body composition, decreases their muscle strains, and improves their overall health. However, if you are not sure that you need it, do a blood test. Conventional blood tests from your doctor only look at serum. Only 1% of magnesium is in the serum, and this is under tight controls by the body. Consequently, this makes it a poor overall indicator of tissue stores.[ii] One of the best tests for magnesium is to look inside the red blood cell. The best place to order a test is from Make sure and get the magnesium RBC panel (and it’s only $49.00), not the magnesium panel. We recommend levels be 6mg/dl or higher. [iii]

  3. The world’s authority on magnesium, Dr. Carolyn Dean has listed over 100 factors/symptoms related to magnesium deficiency in her book “Magnesium Miracle”. 67 of these can be printed and checked off here.

  4. At HPT, we have seen exceptional improvement with magnesium supplementation with the following cases: inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, restless legs syndrome, high blood sugar, muscle cramping, headaches/migraines, blood pressure, and constipation.

  5. The best type of magnesium is glycinate. This is the best form to get the bodies levels up quickly as well as the best form for sleep, muscle cramps, and headaches.

  6. The worst form of magnesium is magnesium oxide. You absorb very little of this form. This is also the most common magnesium sold.

  7. Your antacid medication is probably the reason you can’t sleep. Long-term use of proton-pump inhibitors leads to hypomagnesiuma (low magnesium).

  8. Magnesium Citrate is the best form of magnesium for constipation.

  9. Transdermal (topical) magnesium is an excellent choice for those who don’t tolerate magnesium, for first time magnesium users, and for people with tendon and muscle strains.

  10. It’s a myth that you should have a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Instead it’s 1:1.[iv]


Currently HPT's favorite form of magnesium glycinate!

[i] Dietary Magnesium and C-reactive Protein Levels,”Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 24, No. 3, 166-171 (2005).