Magnesium findings expel calcium bone strength myth
Pioneers of a unique magnesium supplement say new research confirming the mineral’s vital role in giving children healthy bones has finally dispelled the myths surrounding calcium and bone strength.
The US research found magnesium is key to regulating the proper amount of calcium in a child’s body, whereas calcium intake was not associated with total bone mineral content or density.*
BetterYou, whose transdermal magnesium range is absorbed through the skin, say they hope the research will finally begin to change parent’s perceptions about what makes their children’s bones healthy.
Researchers at the Paediatric Academic Societies (PAS), worked with children aged between four to eight years, who were not taking any multivitamins or minerals. Participating children filled out food diaries prior to hospitalisation, then levels of calcium and magnesium were measured after giving the minerals intravenously and orally.
By measuring how much calcium and magnesium exited the body through the urine, the researchers could determine how much calcium and magnesium were absorbed into the body.
Dr Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and author of The Magnesium Miracle, applauded the work of the researchers and said: “This study confirms that magnesium works synergistically with calcium. Magnesium regulates the proper amount of calcium in a child’s body and ensures it is directed toward building stronger bones.
“Unregulated, calcium ends up depositing in a child’s kidneys, coronary arteries and cartilage, not in a child’s bones where it is needed most.”**
Calcium and magnesium must be in balance for the body’s cells to withstand stress and function properly. But most of us eating an average western diet will consume around 1200mg of calcium and only 150mg of magnesium daily.
Andrew Thomas, founder and managing director at BetterYou, said: “There have been few studies which have analysed magnesium’s crucial role in the bone density of young children.
“But this new study validates magnesium’s vital importance – which we have promoted here at BetterYou from day one.
“We are working hard to raise awareness of this subject because calcium is so misunderstood, particularly in this country. Calcium is particularly hard for our bodies to absorb. Calcium is nature’s hardener while magnesium is our natural relaxant. We need both to function properly and we appear to have forgotten this, at our cost.”
Research has found that magnesium benefits from alternative applications to traditional capsules and is tolerated very well by children, avoiding the laxative effect.
A clinical trial by Cardiff University showed how well magnesium is absorbed through the skin, feeding every cell. A further study by Watkins & Josling showed the dramatic increase in magnesium levels that can be achieved with BetterYou Magnesium Oil compared to oral supplements.