“I heard that if you’re taking vitamin D, you should also take magnesium. Is this true? If so, why?”
Ask Hammer Nutrition
Over the past few years, vitamin D has gotten a ton of positive press, and for good reason—its beneficial effects for human health are incredibly numerous and wide-ranging. In fact, it would be hard to find an area in health where vitamin D doesn’t play an essential role. Therefore there’s been a justifiable surge in the number of people supplementing with vitamin D, including thousands of our clients who now take Hammer Nutrition’s potent vitamin D3/vitamin K2 supplement, EnDuro D.
However, research has shown that we cannot metabolize vitamin D without sufficient amounts of magnesium. Without magnesium, vitamin D remains inactive, preventing you from enjoying all of its tremendous benefits.
One of vitamin D’s most important and well-known benefits is its protective effects against bone loss and osteoporosis. A review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association emphasizes the importance of having sufficient magnesium to accompany vitamin D. According to the study’s co-author, Mohammed S. Razzaque, MBBS, Ph.D., “People are taking vitamin D supplements but don’t realize how it gets metabolized. Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe.”
The safety issue has to do with vitamin D causing an increase in calcium levels. Without sufficient amounts of magnesium, not only does vitamin D remain stored and inactive in the body; calcium levels become elevated, increasing the risk of vascular calcification (progressively enlarging deposits of calcium mineral in the major arteries). According to the American Heart Association, “vascular calcification is now accepted as a valuable predictor of coronary heart disease.”
Magnesium is essential for efficient calcium metabolization, reducing the calcium build-up that vitamin D causes. Dr. Guy Abraham, author of “Calcium Controversy” in the Journal of Applied Nutrition states, “Magnesium stimulates release of the hormone calcitonin, which drives calcium into the bones where it belongs and out of the soft tissues where it doesn’t.”
Essential Mg is the answer
Essential Mg contains 100 mg of elemental magnesium per capsule from five highly bioavailable forms. For numerous areas in human health Essential Mg is the ideal way to ensure that you’re receiving optimal amounts of this all-important nutrient.
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