- Mg Optima Relax by Medlab - Magenesium Deficiency and Stress
Mg Optima Relax by Medlab - Magenesium Deficiency and Stress
Magnesium deficiency and stress: a vicious cycle
Low levels of magnesium increase your susceptibility to the physical damage caused by stress, and the effect of stress can contribute to lower levels of magnesium. So a vicious cycle is set up: low magnesium worsens stress, and stress lowers magnesium.
The good news is that taking magnesium has a protective effect and it is the main ingredient in Medlab’s Mg Optima Relax. Magnesium works alongside the other ingredients in Mg Optima Relax to enhance the effect of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) which is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It promotes relaxation during times of stress.
Mg Optima Relax by Medlab contains:
Magnesium bisglycinate – Magnesium activates the calming GABA receptors in the brain, while the glycine acts to send inhibitory messages in the brain to help to relax you and promote sleep.
Glutamine - the building block for GABA
Theanine – an amino acid from green tea that may promote relaxation by inducing alpha wave activity in the brain.
Vitamin B6 – the activated form of this vitamin is pyridoxal 5 phosphate. It helps to convert the building block glutamate into GABA.
Zinc – also needed for the activation of glutamate
Mg Optima Relax is indicated for:
- Stress, mild anxiety and nervous tension
- May help to reduce the frequency of migraines
- Relief of muscular aches and pains
Magnesium has many other roles in the body including:
- Acting as a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme reactions, including those involved in glucose utilisation, synthesis of fat, proteins, nucleic acid and coenzymes, muscle contraction, methyl group transfer and many other processes.
- Energy production, muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve function and neurotransmitter release.
- Normal functioning of the heart and blood vessels
Early signs of magnesium deficiency may include:
- fatigue and weakness
- numbness and tingling
- muscle contractions and cramps
- loss of appetite
Magnesium supplements can occasionally stomach upset and diarrhoea in some people.
Caution should be used in patients with kidney problems as poorly functioning kidneys do not excrete magnesium from the body well leading to dangerous levels of serum magnesium levels
Vitamin B6 may cause peripheral neuropathy when taken at more than 200 mg per day for a prolonged period of time.
Medlab Optima Relax is available in 2 sizes:
Galland, 1992 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1844561)
White, 2016 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26797633)