Carnimag is a natural, slow-releasing nutritional supplement that has been especially formulated for active people, young and old, to improve energy levels.
It is an excellent energy-booster and can assist sportsmen and women to improve their performance and speed up recovery from fatigue. The 2 active ingredients are L-carnitine and magnesium.
This is a mineral which directly affects bone cell activity and improves the strength of hydroxyapatite, (the crystalline matrix of bone tissue). Magnesium also plays an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates.
This is an amino acid-like compound that helps the body to increase vitality by releasing energy from fat. It can help athletes and physically active people to improve performance, it also speeds up recovery from disease and it may boost the immune function of those infected with HIV. L-carnitine deficiencies normally result in low energy levels and muscular weakness and can also appear as mental confusion, angina (irregular heartbeat) and weight gain.
Magnesium (total) 124mg
Take two capsules daily, in the morning.
Most vitamins cannot be made in the body and need to be obtained from our diet. Minerals have many regulatory roles in the body and are also largely acquired through diet. High carbohydrate and high fat diets, demanding physical activities and mental stress all increase the need for magnesium. Although everyone has different nutritional requirements, the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA) in the UK has set guidelines known as Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) – previously called Recommended Daily Amounts (RDAs) – to guide consumers. The recommended daily allowance of magnesium for an adult ranges between 300 and 420 milligrams, depending on age and gender.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and it plays a part in over 300 chemical reactions in the body. Magnesium is needed by every cell in the human body and is essential for good health. Around 50% of magnesium in the body is found in the bone structure and it is essential for bone growth and teeth. 1% is found in the blood and this level is constantly regulated by the body. The rest is predominantly found in the cell tissues and organs.
Listed below are some examples of the roles performed by magnesium. It…
Magnesium can be found in whole grains, legumes, seeds, broccoli, kale and other dark green vegetables, nuts, seeds, dairy products, meats and coffee but food processing such as broiling, steaming and boiling, removes it from the food, transferring it into the water.
Magnesium is best taken in several small doses and not with caffeine.
Along with zinc, Magnesium is the most frequent mineral deficiency found in the UK population. Without magnesium, the body is missing its most important natural defence against pain, swelling, tension and inflammation. Symptoms of a magnesium deficiency include tiredness, weakness, loss of appetite, arrhythmia, anaemia, cramps, mood swings, irritability, lethargy and depression.
Magnesium deficiency can cause metabolic changes that may contribute to heart attacks and strokes. There is evidence that low body stores of magnesium increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, which may increase the risk of complications associated with a heart attack. Surveys have indicated that higher blood levels of magnesium correlate with a lower risk of coronary heart disease.
The level is particularly important in the cases of athletes and sportsmen and women as it plays a major role in both anaerobic and aerobic energy production, especially in the metabolism of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
People who take diuretics, antibiotics or long-term medication and those having difficulties controlling their diabetes can lose magnesium, via their urine, which leads to depleted stores in the body. A high intake of starches, menstruation and stress can also reduce magnesium levels. Alcohol also increases excretion of magnesium in urine and a high alcohol intake has been associated with magnesium deficiency in some people. Gastrointestinal problems can also cause low magnesium levels as this prevents the body from using the magnesium contained in food.
A magnesium deficiency may also increase the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. This is because magnesium deficiency alters the metabolism of calcium within the body and the hormone that regulates calcium. Several studies have suggested that magnesium supplementation may improve bone mineral density.
Magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar levels and promotes normal blood pressure.
It may influence the release and activity of insulin, the hormone that helps control blood glucose (sugar) levels. Low blood levels of magnesium (hypomagnesaemia) are frequently seen in individuals with type-2 diabetes.
It relaxes blood vessels which decreases blood pressure which in turn restores healthy circulation. Diets containing lots of fruits and vegetables, which are good sources of potassium as well as magnesium, are synonymous with lower blood pressure. Studies have suggested that high blood pressure could be significantly lowered by a diet high in magnesium, potassium, and calcium, and low in sodium and fat.
Some dietary surveys suggests a link between a higher magnesium intake and a lower risk of a stroke.
Studies reveal that vitamin and mineral deficiencies lead to poor performances. When corrected, performance improves. However, supplements themselves do not always improve performance, they supplement any deficient levels so that the body can function at its optimum level.
Magnesium plays an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates (carbs) which provide the body with the energy it needs to function. Marathon runners burn up vast amounts of energy and therefore need to eat a lot to supply the body with enough energy when needed and not fail mid-race. Carbs are stored in the liver as glycogen. When running (or during any strenuous exercise) this glycogen is broken down to glucose which passes into the blood to supply energy to the muscles. This energy supply is vital. As long as carbohydrates are available to provide this energy, the body will perform at an optimum level. An athlete running a marathon (26 miles) can burn more than 1500 calories. Requiring that amount of energy means that they eat lots of food such as bread, rice, pasta, meat and cheese. A typical diet leading up to a marathon would be high in carbohydrates, low in fat.
However, the body can only store a limited amount of carbohydrate. As soon as this is depleted, performance begins to deteriorate, eventually leading the runner to ‘hit the wall’. Symptoms include a slowed pace, dizziness, light-headedness and muscle pain and can make the runner stop all together. Carbo-loading (increasing the level of carbohydrate intake to approximately 70%, particularly in the last month before a marathon) can help to combat this by maximising the amount of glycogen in the body. And remember that an increase in magnesium is needed to process the increased quantity of carbs.
Magnesium can also help with cramps, a condition often suffered by runners.
Leg cramps and restless legs syndrome can cause lack of sleep for many people while injury to people jumping out of bed, due to cramp, is apparently a huge cost to the NHS!
Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes pulling, throbbing and other sensations in the legs that produce the need to move the legs. Moving the legs usually reduces the pain and discomfort, but this can severely disturb sleep. Studies have suggested that magnesium may be used to help alleviate the symptoms of restless legs syndrome.
Nocturnal or night-time leg cramps typically affect the calves or soles of the feet, and can be extremely painful. These cramps can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and usually require the sufferer to get up and work the cramp out of the muscle. A study of those experiencing nocturnal leg cramps found that the average number of cramps was less when 300mg magnesium was taken. This is due to the Magnesium causing the muscles to relax.
However taking calcium makes cramps MUCH worse as calcium causes muscles to tighten…
As part of the ageing process, coupled with high-calcium diets and supplements containing vitamin D, the body accumulates calcium inside the muscles. High levels make muscles so tense causing extremely painful leg cramps. So monitoring your intake of calcium together with the right type of magnesium (some are a laxative!) can really help with leg cramps.
If you suffer from restless legs syndrome or nocturnal leg cramps, talk to your doctor about a magnesium supplement such as Carnimag.
Magnesium is one of the main ingredients in Carnimag, a supplement which boosts energy levels, available here from the SoGood Health shop.
IMPORTANT : Consult your doctor first about possible magnesium supplementation, especially if you are on blood pressure medication, as adding magnesium may cause your blood pressure to drop to dangerously low levels. Do not try to supplement with magnesium on your own, as the mineral can interact with different medications and cause possible health complications.
Food supplements are not drugs and do not substitute any medical treatment