1. Essential, but overlooked

    Magnesium is required in no less than 325 enzymatic reactions in the human body necessary for neurological activity, muscular contraction and relaxation, cardiac activity and bone metabolism. It's an essential element, but it's often overlooked.

    Feeling stressed out? Suffering from fatigue, insomnia, migraines or cramps? All these complaints that hold you back have been linked to magnesium deficiency.1 2 3 4 Here you'll find out all about the importance of magnesium for your health and how to tell whether you're getting enough magnesium.

    You'll get all the information you need to help you pick the right Slow-Mag® product for your needs and how to get back on track to personal mineral balance.

    References

    [1] Cox, IM et al. 1991. Red blood cell magnesium and chronic fatigue syndrome. Lancet, 337, 757–780.

    [2] Lukaski, HC, 2004. Vitamin and mineral status: effects on physical performance. Nutrition, 20, 632–644.

    [3] Mauskop, A, Altura, BM, 1998. Magnesium for migraine. CNS Drugs, 3, 185–190.

    [4] Homyak, M et al. 1998. Magnesium therapy for periodic leg movements-related insomnia and restless legs syndrome: an open pilot study. Sleep, 21/5, 501–505.

  2. You need Slow-Mag® if...

    Magnesium deficiency is something commonly experienced across the world's population. Most people don't realise that what ails them could be fixed simply with a magnesium supplement. 1 2 3 4

    Cramps, migraines, insomnia and stress may be related to magnesium deficiency. So if you're affected by any of these, you should find out how Slow-Mag®, the number 1 doctor-recommended magnesium supplement, may help you restore balance in your life. 5 6

    • ADHD

      The effects of ADHD on a child's developmental years should not be underestimated. The inability to concentrate can hinder learning, which means that parents feel anxious to find and try any and all solutions. The answer could be as simple as magnesium. When introduced in the correct amounts (in the literature, children are given 6mg of elemental magnesium per kg of body weight for 6 months), it's been shown that magnesium can reduce levels of hyperactivity and restlessness in children diagnosed with ADHD.

      The answer could be as simple as magnesium. When introduced in the correct amounts (in the literature, children are given 6mg of elemental magnesium per kg of body weight for 6 months), it's been shown that magnesium can reduce levels of hyperactivity and restlessness in children diagnosed with ADHD.

      Consult a doctor regarding individual needs before taking a supplement.

    • Anxiety

      Physical and mental stress have been associated with low magnesium levels in your body. If you feel stressed out for lengthy periods of time, you can become magnesium deficient even if your diet contains magnesium-rich foods.

      Prolonged stress means that you may tend to be irritable as well as easily tired and your concentration is likely to be poor. Your blood pressure may increase as
      adrenalin—the stress hormone—is released.

      When you're physically or mentally stressed, magnesium is released by blood cells into blood plasma and is then excreted through urine as waste. The more stressed you are, the more magnesium your body loses 1. The lower your magnesium levels drop, the more likely you are to become reactive to stressful situations, and the higher your adrenalin levels become, which means that even more magnesium is lost. LIFESTYLE TIPS LIFESTYLE TIPS

    • Fatigue

      With the dual pressures of home and office life, fatigue is something that most of us find inescapable. We are constantly harassed by meetings, deadlines and emails, not to mention the stresses of taxiing the kids to after-school activities and dealing with homework etc. Fatigue is the feeling of operating on half-battery, which can negatively affect your career and affect your enjoyment of your home life (including your spouse and kids) as well.

      Constant fatigue can lead to chronic fatigue, which has been labelled a life-wrecking disorder. Stop fatigue in its tracks with a daily dose of magnesium: it has a positive effect on red blood cells and helps your body retain other useful minerals, which makes it a good, reliable source of energy. Rather than causing energy levels to spike and dip (like most pick-me-ups), magnesium helps maintain a constant level, which keeps you ahead in the rat race.1 LIFESTYLE TIPS LIFESTYLE TIPS

    • Insomnia

      Insomnia is the inability to obtain an adequate amount or quality of sleep. People with insomnia do not feel refreshed when they wake up. Without proper rest, your higher brain functions (such as thought and action) can be inhibited. Your emotional control and stress-coping mechanisms are reduced. The strain and fatigue placed on your system can lower your immune system, leaving you susceptible to illness.

      One of the main symptoms of magnesium deficiency has been shown to be chronic insomnia due to nightly muscle cramps and restless leg syndrome. With the correct dosage daily, magnesium can enable deeper sleep with fewer interruptions—exactly what the doctor ordered.1 LIFESTYLE TIPS LIFESTYLE TIPS

    • Migraines

      A migraine is a severe recurring headache and is characterised by sharp pain and often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and visual disturbances. A migraine can be debilitating, and those who get them have been led to believe that migraines are unavoidable.

      It has been found that magnesium deficiency is more prevalent in migraine-sufferers than in non-sufferers.1 A 12 week scientific study showed a 41.6% reduction in migraines in the group that was given the correct dosage of magnesium daily.2

      The correct dosage for migraine, according to the study, is 600mg magnesium chelate (the magnesium contained in Slow-Mag® Capsules) per day. So if you're at your wits end, a magnesium supplement could be the answer to your migraine.

      Consult a doctor regarding individual needs before taking a supplement. LIFESTYLE TIPS LIFESTYLE TIPS

    • Pregnancy

      There's so much to worry about during pregnancy. A magnesium supplement can help to prevent complications such as premature birth. By taking enough magnesium, your muscles are relaxed, and this can help you carry through to full term. A magnesium supplement can also help to prevent eclampsia, a condition that can cause serious birth complications and that can, in certain instances, be fatal.1 2

      Slow-Mag® is especially useful in preventing this cramping and is efficient at reducing pregnancy-related leg cramps as well.3

      Reduce the risk and ease the strain of pregnancy with a daily magnesium supplement. It's hard work growing a new person: you need all the help you can get! LIFESTYLE TIPS LIFESTYLE TIPS

    • Muscle cramps

      When a muscle contracts, sodium and calcium rush into the muscle while potassium rushes out. Magnesium is responsible for the reversal of this process, muscle relaxation. When your magnesium is low, sodium and calcium become trapped in the muscle, causing a cramp because the muscle is unable to relax.

      Muscle cramps can be painful and debilitating, whether you experience them at night, after physical activity or during pregnancy. LIFESTYLE TIPS LIFESTYLE TIPS

    • Muscle weakness

      A magnesium deficiency can manifest as muscle tension, soreness, spasms, cramps and even muscle twitches. Prolonged tension can lead to muscle weakness. This is because magnesium plays a key role in enabling the muscles to relax. Magnesium is responsible for allowing calcium into the muscle cells when a muscle needs to contract, as calcium is the element responsible for muscle contraction. Magnesium then pushes the calcium out of the muscle when the job is done.

      If there is insufficient magnesium, calcium can be trapped inside, which means the muscles cannot relax.

      Muscles that spend too much time in a state of contraction become weakened, and it becomes hard for your body to perform as it should. A magnesium supplement can help to restore the state of balance within your muscles, allowing them to relax as necessary. Magnesium will also help to increase muscle strength, power and endurance performance.1 LIFESTYLE TIPS LIFESTYLE TIPS

     
  3. Each variant of Slow-Mag® has been formulated to make sure that the magnesium is easy for your body to tolerate, absorb and utilise.

    There are two terms that are crucial to understanding what makes a supplement effective. Elemental magnesium is the amount of actual magnesium element present in the supplement and not the amount of the magnesium compound.

    Bioavailability refers to the amount of nutrients that actually become available for the body to use once the supplement has been taken and begins to break down in the body.

    The amount of elemental magnesium in a magnesium supplement, as well as its bioavailability, will determine how effective the supplement is.

    Click on each variant to find out how the product has been formulated to ensure that Slow-Mag® delivers magnesium that your body can actually use.

    Why Slow-Mag®?

    Products

    Each variant of Slow-Mag® has been formulated to make sure that the magnesium is easy for your body to tolerate, absorb and utilise.

    There are two terms that are crucial to understanding what makes a supplement effective. Elemental magnesium is the amount of actual magnesium element present in the supplement and not the amount of the magnesium compound. Bioavailability refers to the amount of nutrients that actually become available for the body to use once the supplement has been taken and begins to break down in the body.

    The amount of elemental magnesium in a magnesium supplement, as well as its bioavailability, will determine how effective the supplement is.

    Click on each variant to find out how the product has been formulated to ensure that Slow-Mag® delivers magnesium that your body can
    actually use.

    • Capsules

      Slow-Mag® Capsules contain chelated magnesium, which means that the magnesium element is wrapped in amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which allow your body to absorb the magnesium more easily and to minimise side effects such as stomach upset. Slow-Mag® Capsules have an exceptionally high bioavailability, because the magnesium is delivered in this patented chelate form. This explains why this variant is so effective, and why a single Slow-Mag® Capsule is sufficient to meet your daily magnesium requirements. Remember that not all chelates are the same. Various qualities such as the size of the amino acids and how they are attached to the magnesium affect the efficacy of the chelate.

    • Tablets

      Slow-Mag® Tablets have a special enteric coating that permits a delayed release effect, which allows the tablets to reach the ideal place in your body for optimum absorption and tolerance, with minimal side effects.

    • Fizzies

      Slow-Mag® Fizzies are dissolved in water, which allows for quicker absorption into the blood stream. Containing both magnesium and Vitamin C, Fizzies provide a daily immune system boost. They're ideal for children, or people who have difficulties swallowing tablets or capsules, and because they're strawberry-flavoured, they're easier to palate.

  4. References

    [1] Cox, IM et al. 1991. Red blood cell magnesium and chronic fatigue syndrome. Lancet, 337, 757–780.

    [2] Cox, IM et al. 1991. Red blood cell magnesium and chronic fatigue syndrome. Lancet, 337, 757–780.

    [3] Bockova, E et al. 1992. Potentiation of the effects of anxiolytics with magnesium salts. Cesk Psychiatr, 88/3–4, 141–144.

    [4] Bockova, E et al. 1992. Potentiation of the effects of anxiolytics with magnesium salts. Cesk Psychiatr, 88/3–4, 141–144.

    [5] Lukaski, HC, 2004. Vitamin and mineral status: effects on physical performance. Nutrition, 20, 632–644.

    [6] Dahle, LO et al. 1994. The effect of oral magnesium substitution on pregnancy-induced leg cramps. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 173, 175–180.

    [7] Rodriguez-Moran, M, 2003. Oral magnesium supplementation improves insulin sensitivity and metabolic control in Type 2 diabetic subjects. Diabetes Care, 26/4, 1147–1152.

    Magnesium and your health

    Your body needs a lot of magnesium, and unless you’re eating fistfuls of nuts, whole grains and about three cups of spinach per day, chances are that you’re not getting enough of it—not even from your multivitamin.

    Magnesium is an all-round do-gooder that gives you what you need, when you need it. So if you're feeling fatigued, magnesium will provide a source of steady energy. If restless leg syndrome and night cramps are affecting your sleep, magnesium will help your muscles to relax, which will help you rest.

    Without magnesium, your body inefficiently diverts precious resources to trying to make up for deficiencies. It's this that may cause muscular cramps and weakness, headaches and fatigue. 1

    Magnesium can help to do the following:

    • Improve energy levels consistently: Slow-Mag® is not a pick-me-up in the sense that energy levels spike and dip. Slow-Mag® helps your body provide steady, consistent energy.

    • Reduce fatigue.2

    • Reduce anxiety.3

    • Reduce insomnia due to restless leg syndrome or muscle cramps. 4

    • Improve muscle strength and endurance.5

    • Ease and prevent pregnancy-related leg cramps.6

    • Increase insulin sensitivity.7

    Click here to find out how to add more magnesium to your diet. REFERENCES REFERENCES
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    Annelise Pretorius
    Cyclist

    My story…

    During my training when I started track cycling, I suffered from cramping especially at night, in my calves and feet. I started ordering the Slow Mag and it reduced the cramping in such a manner that I could increase my training intensity and was prepared for the SA Champs in 2010 During this event I won a Gold medal in the 500m sprints and the 2000 meters pursuit.

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      Peter Badenhorst
      Art Director

      My story…

      I am a huge fan of Slow-Mag!!!!! After many many years of analgesics, visits to the headache clinic and physio (none of which had any lasting effect) Slow-Mag quickly removed persistent tension headaches and gave me a clear head and no side- effects. I take it every day and it’s just brilliant.

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      Sylvia Swart
      Strategist

      My story…

      Slow-mag has changed my life. Since I started using it there are so many small changes that make a big difference to my overall living: I sleep better, my mood is stable and I have fewer migraines. I am a dedicated runner and find that Slow-mag really helps my post-run recovery – no more cramps or stiffness. I recommend it to everyone who lives an active life & want to maintain their good health.

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      Andre van der Vyver
      Runner

      My story…

      What a good product…especially for athletes who does a lot of vigorous training and needs to be ‘re-fuelled’ and re-charged with all the necessary magnesium and ready to go the next day again. No cramps, even after doing a ultra marathon or even comrades... and it assists with good sleeping as well. The only negative comments is the price of the product. "Just wish it was a bit cheaper" let's talk about price

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      Almo Pretorius
      Cyclist

      My story…

      Slow-Mag took my training to another level. My quadriceps & hamstrings use to cramp up during intense training, but after I started using Slow-Mag, immediate results were seen during the workouts & recovery also went faster. I am currently preparing for the 2013 World Championships in Manchester & would strongly recommend Slow-Mag for overall health & performance. Thank you SLOW-MAG!

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      Natasha da Silva
      Manager

      My story…

      I’ve been involved in many sports, from running to tennis & netball. I’ve always suffered with cramping, especially in my calves & feet, as well as battled with fatigue & insomnia. I’ve been taking Slow Mag for 4 years, & haven't had a severe case since. I use the caps in the morning & then the fizzy when I'm training. I got my team mates to try it, & they haven't looked back! Its a great product!

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      Valie Richter
      Cyclist

      My story…

      My name is Valie Richter (Age 48) and started using slow-mag about six year ago when I was introduced to the product at the Cape Argus cycle tour, since then I have been using the product with great success and never had any cramps again while cycling.

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      Klaus Boehm
      Director

      My story…

      I survived the 94,7 race without cramps thanks to Slow Mag!