The Health Benefits of Oral Magnesium Using MYO-MAG

I first became involved with nutritional supplements and alternative approaches to health in 1984 when my wife Joanne became extremely chemically sensitive. In 1989, I formulated my first nutritional supplement, which we still sell today as OPC-C. Initially, it was a combination of Vitamin C buffered with magnesium and calcium and oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) from pine bark. Later, the OPC source became grape seed, skin, and stems.

In 1993, a blood test indicated that Joanne had a functional magnesium deficiency. This meant that although she had adequate magnesium levels in her body, her mitochondria could not use it effectively to produce energy (ATP). Without sufficient ATP the body cannot carry out many of its metabolic functions, and a person suffers from severe fatigue.

Shortly after receiving Joanne’s blood test results, I learned about a product that contained magnesium and malic acid. Indeed, in “Management of Fibromyalgia: Rationale for the Use of Magnesium and Malic Acid,” Abraham and Flechas reported that supplementing the diet with magnesium and malic acid may reverse conditions of low energy (Journal of Nutritional Medicine 1992 3: 49–59). The recommended daily amounts included 300–600 mg of oral magnesium and 1200–2400 mg of malic acid. Based on this information, Joanne tried this product and it seemed to give her more energy.

Can Oral Magnesium Help?

As it turned out, the magnesium and malic acid product Joanne took was not properly buffered and contained no B vitamins, which are critical to the body’s metabolic processes that make ATP. I therefore formulated MYO-MAG, which provides oral magnesium in the form of malate and diglycinate, as well as Vitamins B1, B2, and B6 (including coenzyme forms of these vitamins). MYO-MAG is buffered with a small amount of magnesium carbonate, and included some manganese for mineral balance.

After taking MYO-MAG, Joanne’s energy and sense of well-being dramatically increased. And for the first time in many years, she could also take a wide range of other nutritional supplements that provided additional benefits. When I gave even small amounts of MYO-MAG to other chemically sensitive people, there was an almost instant positive response and having more energy. Even those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue respond well to MYO-MAG.

I find it useful to employ a method of titration to ‘bowel tolerance’ in order to arrive at the optimal dosage. If someone takes too much oral magnesium at one time, very frequently the person will experience diarrhea, gas, or loose stools. However, by starting at a smaller dose, spreading out the doses over the course of the day, and gradually increasing the amounts taken until gassiness and stomach rumbling are experienced (and then backing off a bit), you gain the maximum benefit. Using this method, Joanne was able to take 12 capsules daily (1,200 mg of oral magnesium) and her health began improving significantly.

Today, MYO-MAG remains one of our bestselling products. We are pleased to continue offering our customers this highly effective oral magnesium supplement with a proven track record of major benefits. These benefits include less fatigue and greater energy, improved metabolic functions, cardiovascular support, nutrition for muscles, reduced spasms or cramps, help for migraine headaches, and many other benefits.


Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods in Pregnancy, Nursing, and Early Childhood

By the time I became pregnant in 2007, I had already been taking original Rejuvenate!™ daily for nine months. I could feel the difference in my energy and overall health, as did others to whom I recommended the product. I took two or more scoops (24 g) of original Rejuvenate along with Rejuvenate PRO, which had just become available.

I experienced amazing health during my pregnancy eating an 80% raw, vegetarian diet, which is what I craved. I had a home birth that was under four hours and went incredibly well, especially for a first birth. I attribute this to my optimal state of health, meditation, and listening to my body. When Rejuvenate!™ Plus became available, I began adding that to my diet, giving some variety to my protein intake, along with all the other wonderful nutrients it provides.

When my son was six months old, I began giving him a small amount of chlorella mixed with applesauce. He would eat about a half a teaspoon or more a day. When he was about nine months old, I felt that the chia seeds in the original Rejuvenate! would not be a problem, so I switched from giving him chlorella to original Rejuvenate!. I added about a teaspoon of original Rejuvenate to a serving either of applesauce, or pureed banana or yam.

Rejuvenate! Plus became available when he was about twelve months old. He is now 2 1/2 years old. For more than a year, he has been drinking six to eight ounces of rice milk and water with a scoop of Rejuvenate! Plus, at least twice daily, as his main ‘milk.’ He also requests limeade made with one scoop original Rejuvenate, one freshly squeezed lime, and about a teaspoon grade B organic maple syrup in eight ounces of water.

As he’s primarily a vegetarian baby, I’ve never been concerned about his protein intake since he has two or three scoops of Rejuvenate Plus (or a combination of Rejuvenate products) every day. Even when he is a picky eater, which sometimes happens at his age, I know he is getting good nutrition when he drinks his ‘milk,’ which he loves and never goes without.

He is amazingly bright, has a glowing complexion, and lots of energy compared to his peers. His height is within the norms for his age, yet he is very solid, and people are always surprised he is heavier than he appears. Being a social child, he’s had his share of sniffles, but they are never intense or long lasting. The difference between his version of a ‘cold’ and those of his peers who have lesser nutrition and consume dairy is quite dramatic.

I recommend Rejuvenate Plus to other mothers for their children (and themselves!) and have heard that it makes an immediate difference in the child’s energy level, and over time, in learning and general health. Introducing these types of foods at a later age can require some creativity. One mother finally was able to get her eight-year-old daughter to drink Rejuvenate Plus mixed in orange juice. Another mother of a three-year-old child puts just a very small amount in rice milk. Regardless of how it’s taken, the effects are noticeable. Starting with them as first foods will ensure a taste for greens! I’m certain that drinking Rejuvenate superfoods while pregnant and nursing contributed to my son’s love for them, and I am quite thankful.

Sept 1, 2012 update:

Now that my son is nearly 5 years old, he is still drinking Rejuvenate!™ and lots of it! He has sometimes up to five scoops of primarily Rejuvenate Plus but sometimes a combination of the other flavors. He is still very strong and active, and seems to require less sleep than some of his friends. He has not had any significant illnesses that have gone through the community, and I am thankful that I can use Berries & Herbs to boost his immune system during those times. Most importantly though, I know that he is getting top nutrition!

Additional Resources

Read the Pregnancy Suggested Supplement & Activity Schedule in the HPDI Health Recommendations Index.

Read our Rejuvenate!™ Side-by-Side Product Comparison table.

Olson, Cathe. Simply Natural Baby Food: Easy Recipes for Delicious Meals Your Infant and Toddler Will Love. Goco Publications, 2003. These recipes not only provide truly health meals, but also lend themselves for use with Rejuvenate!™ superfoods. It is easy to incorporate these recipes into a rejuvenation lifestyle for the entire family!

Click here for more information about REJUVENATE!™ superfoods.