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Why Take A Magnesium Supplement?

If you’re not already taking a magnesium supplement, you’re probably at least aware of it, and maybe wondering if you should be taking it.

There’s a very good reason magnesium is on your radar in some way. This essential mineral is a nutrient powerhouse, playing a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.

It’s quite literally impossible to live without. But not only that, there’s also a huge amount of evidence to support its therapeutic benefits.

Thanks to the indispensable starring role it plays in our health, magnesium is included in Athletic Greens in the form of magnesium glycinate.

What Is Magnesium Glycinate?

Let’s start by talking about magnesium. The ninth most abundant element in the universe, magnesium has been used for centuries in some form or other, and was scientifically ‘discovered’ in 1808.

Out and about, it’s used for a wide range of things. You’ll find it in dolomite, industrial alloys, and even Epsom bath salts.

But the role we’re most interested in, is in our bodies, which use magnesium for everything. And we really mean everything.

As mentioned, it plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, vital for a variety of processes - like converting carbohydrates, fats, and protein into ATP (energy units that power cells), supporting bone and muscle health, and metabolism and hormone synthesis.

The magnesium glycinate in Athletic Greens is made up of magnesium and glycine. Glycine is a non-essential amino acid which helps the body absorb the magnesium more easily. This makes it a popular form of magnesium supplement, along with the fact that it may have less of a laxative effect than other forms.

How Magnesium Benefits The Body

We’ll state this however many times we need to: Magnesium is impossible to live without. But why?

For starters it’s a co-factor. This means that it speeds up chemical reactions in the body, helping them happen more efficiently and effectively.

Think of important reactions that are happening constantly, like DNA transcription, cell division and energy production. Without magnesium, these things just wouldn’t happen!

What does this mean when you translate it to its functionality in the body? Here’s a quick overview of how it works:

• As a muscle relaxant
• For nervous and immune function
• For bone formation and protein synthesis
• To enhance the function of antioxidants
• For insulin sensitivity and blood pressure management
• For the conversion of food into energy

In turn, these functions provide some strongly supported therapeutic benefits.

Magnesium is commonly known as a relaxing, relieving, restorative and regulating mineral. (Just think about those bath salts, and you’ll know what we’re talking about!).

This is thanks to its function as a muscle relaxant. Meaning it can help with settling inflammation, relaxing tightness, and generally calming the central nervous system.

It can also can help with problems like insomnia, PMS and painful periods, as well as anxiety and depression.

For those with diabetes it lowers blood sugar levels and improves the function of insulin. It’s good for the heart too, helping to regulate the heartbeat, reduce blood pressure, increase good cholesterol, and lower inflammation.

Magnesiums is also commonly used to relieve muscle cramping and pain (such as in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and for athletes).

A side note on muscle cramping: The skeletal muscle stores up to 35% of the body’s magnesium, and deficiency has been linked to cramping and pain.

For those suffering from cramps, the positive effects of magnesium can be felt fast. However, this depends on the form.

Cheap magnesium oxide is a popular form, but it’s harder to absorb and also has a laxative effect at moderate to high doses. Magnesium glycinate is preferred as it’s easier to absorb and has less of a laxative effect.

Back to that long list of benefits: Magnesium reduces stroke risk, helps with osteoporosis, migraines, constipation, asthma, hormonal balance, lowering blood pressure, and preventing eclampsia and pre-eclampsia in pregnancy...

It seems almost too good to be true, but magnesium is an extremely well-studied mineral, proven effective for a variety of health complaints and conditions.

How To Get Enough Magnesium

Now that we’ve talked about the many benefits of magnesium, it’s an easy thread to follow to what happens when you don’t get enough.

Because magnesium helps to regulate so many systems in the body, like blood sugar and hormone levels, if you’re deficient in magnesium you’re likely to start getting fatigue symptoms - think low mood and energy, high blood pressure, and muscle cramps.

So how do you ensure you are getting enough?

It is possible to get enough magnesium from your diet alone. Great sources include nuts and seeds, legumes, green leafy vegetables, and raw cacao. (Cue the cheers from dark chocolate lovers everywhere!).

But even though it’s a fairly abundant mineral, you can easily become low in magnesium, particularly if you’re very active. It’s also safe to take at high doses, so it’s well worth thinking about including more in your diet, in some way.

If you take your daily dose of Athletic Greens each morning, you’ll not only be getting the right amount of magnesium glycinate, but you’ll also be benefiting from how it complements other ingredients in the mix.

It works well with:
• Calcium, phosphorus and manganese for strengthening bones and preventing osteoporosis
• Copper for preventing muscle spasms
• Chromium picolinate, copper and alpha lipoic acid for regulating blood sugar levels
• CoQ10 and Hawthorn for heart health
• Licorice and citrus bioflavonoids for preventing and suppressing asthma symptoms
• Ginger as a natural anti-inflammatory

When you add it all up, you end up with an essential mineral that can assist with heart and muscle health, diabetes and other metabolic disorders, muscular pain and cramping, soreness, pregnancy complications, asthma and insomnia...

Now you understand why this mineral shouldn’t just be on your radar, but a regular part of your daily routine!

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Frequently Asked Questions

This comes down to your diet and how active you are. If you’re active, there’s a higher chance of being low or deficient in magnesium. As it is safe to take at high doses, it’s worth thinking about including more magnesium in your diet. If you take Athletic Greens daily you’ll get the full benefits of magnesium, mixed in with all the other nutritional goodness.


Yes, it is possible. Magnesium is a fairly abundant mineral, and can be found in many foods including leafy greens, legumes, nuts and seeds. But again, particularly if you’re active it’s easy to become low in magnesium and worth considering a supplement.


Some forms of magnesium may have a laxative effect. In fact, forms like magnesium oxide and magnesium sulfate are sometimes deliberately taken in high doses for this very reason, by people hoping to detox and clean out their digestive system.

Magnesium glycinate, the form we use in Athletic Greens, is much preferred due to its high absorption rate and low risk when it comes to causing a laxative effect.

If you’re taking a magnesium supplement, be aware that diarrhea may occur at high doses for some. It pays to check with your healthcare provider, particularly if you have kidney disease or are on prescribed medication, to find the correct individual dosage.


If you are pregnant or nursing please consult your physician prior to taking any supplement or making a change in your diet.


Consistency is key. For best results, take one serving of Athletic Greens daily, first thing in the morning. Try mixing it into a delicious green smoothie to kick-start your day.