At Revival, we often recommend magnesium and Vitamin C supplementation for a number of reasons.

A recent article by Dr. John Briffa of the UK added weight to our philosophy.

“Elderly people tend to be less physically able than younger ones. Walking speed, for instance, and the speed with which they rise from a chair, tend to decline in later life. There can be many reasons for this, including loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia). But the strength of functionality of muscles (irrespective of their size) is also important, and certain nutrients play a particular role here, including magnesium.

“July 2014 saw the publication of a study in which women of average age 71 were treated with magnesium or placebo for 12 weeks, to see what effect this had on certain tests of physical functioning. The magnesium came in the form of magnesium oxide at a dose of 900 mg per day, providing 300 mg of actual (elemental) magnesium each day.

The three prime tests of functionality in this study were a test of balance in the standing position, speed of walking over a 4-metre distance, and the time it took for women to rise out of a chair five times with their arms folded across their chests.

“In the women supplemented with magnesium, both the latter two tests improved significantly compared to the women taking placebo. These results suggest that magnesium supplementation may help to improve physical functionality in older people, and may also help to prevent decline in functionality as we age.”

While we suggest to all clients they should have good quality broad spectrum nutrient supplementation programs, a little extra Magnesium and Vitamin C is very easy to justify and we are often pleased to hear positive changes in a relatively short time in many areas. Anyone suffering cramps will often have a magnesium deficiency.

A number of studies have previously shown magnesium can benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke. For example, one meta-analysis published earlier this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at a total of seven studies collectively covering more than 240,000 participants. The results showed that dietary magnesium intake is inversely associated with risk of ischemic stroke.

Magnesium impacts many important physiological functions. They include creation of energy in the cells, heartbeat, bone health, tooth formation, stress in blood vessels and elimination in the colon.

One of the best ways to increase magnesium levels without supplementation is to eat plenty of organic green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. High magnesium foods include seaweed, coriander, pumpkin seeds, cocoa powder and almond butter.

At Revival we use magnesium as an important part of our ketogenic eating plans. In the first two weeks we use a magnesium supplement to cleanse and detoxify the bowel. We feel this simple action adds great positive impact to the program.

We recommend general nutrients as well to make sure the body has plenty of nutrition during the fat loss process.

About the Author: Steve Alexander has been a natural health practitioner since 1992. He has seen the Health and Wellness industry evolve and change and brings a wealth of experience to his clients. He is a co-founder of the Revival Company and currently works with clients by appointment.