Supplement Review – Vimergy Magnesium Glycinate
A while back, maybe before summer started, I polled my IG audience regarding supplements they take every single day.
Over the next few months I’m going to review the supplements submitted for quality and if it is something I would take.
First up is Vimergy Magnesium Glycinate.
But first, what is magnesium?
Magnesium is one of the 4 macro minerals – calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium.
It is a cofactor for hundreds of enzyme reactions which are the catalyst (think the spark plugs, or the ignitor in each cylinder of your engine, of a car) for chemical reactions that keep the body functioning.
A few functions you may be interested in that need magnesium are:
- The production of cellular energy (ATP)
- Structural component of bone, cell membranes, and chromosomes
- To transport calcium and potassium across the cell membrane into the cell
- Plays a role in nerve impulses, muscle contractions (heart included), and normal heart rhythm
A deficiency in magnesium can impact vitamin D levels as 2 conversions occur within the liver and kidneys that require magnesium to execute.
Low vitamin D levels impact calcium absorption, therefore, impacting bone and teeth health.
There are so many different forms of magnesium out there – why?
Because minerals need to be bound a another substance in order to stabilize them.
This supplement’s magnesium is bound to glycinate which is an amino acid, making it a very bioavailable form.
Bioavailable means that the body recognizes it and knows what to do with it.
Unfortunately, in the USA there are no requirements for distinguishing how much elemental magnesium vs glycinate is in the product.
So while this says 310mg of magnesium glycinate, know it is not actually all magnesium.
Magnesium glycinate is usually well tolerated.
I recommend this form when a client’s concerns (goals, symptoms, labs results, etc.) are related to relaxation, sleep, inflammation, glutathione production (glycine is a co-factor), healthy blood pressure, collagen production (glycinate is found in collagen and gelatin 😉 ), detoxification through bile, anxiety, and depression.
Vimergy claims all their products are non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, corn-free, soy-free and vegan.
Unfortunately, from the label online it appears it only states vegan and gluten-free.
So it would require contacting the company to verify the other claims as the product also includes ginger and turmeric which I’d be curious of the sourcing.
Other ingredients are cellulose and vegetarian capsule from cellulose and water.
Cellulose is modified vegetable fiber that is usually derived from corn.
As corn is one of the most genetically modified foods, if this is a concern for you, may want to double check with the company regarding sourcing if you wanted to verify company standards are being upheld.
For me, because it isn’t on the bottle (non-GMO or corn-free) I’d be curious if this product aligned.
Things to be aware of:
Magnesium does not work alone and there are a few nutrients necessary for magnesium to effectively work, such as B6 and boron.
Minerals, including magnesium, require the digestive system to be functioning well so be sure to take with food.
With mineral depleted soils, high stress levels, and chemical bombardment our bodies take, magnesium supplementation isn’t a terrible idea.
For face value, Vimergy looks like a reputable company doing all the right things. I would take Vimergy Magnesium Glycinate.