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The giant tropical beach on this oversized bottle is a metaphor for the tsunami of ocean-sized CALM that’s about to hit you.
We are zealous about magnesium in the Gummy Galaxy, particularly this magnesium lactate! But we cannot refuse any gummy, and we were excited to bring Natural Vitality’s magnesium into our lives.
Magnesium is super critical to maintaining healthy nerves and strong joints and bones, but beyond those important functions, magnesium supplements can have a noticeable effect on other facets of your body.
Because they work to lower blood pressure and imbue tranquility to the nervous system, you can actually feel the benefits pretty immediately, at least in our experience.
Calming effects of magnesium
The anti-stress properties of magnesium are pretty well established1. Magnesium not only works to modulate your hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis, the glandular system that’s responsible for adrenaline and stress response2, it’s also neuroprotective and regulates neurotransmitters3.
And that’s on top of whatever muscle-recovery magic it works!
The magnesium in these gummies is magnesium citrate, one of the most common types of magnesium used in supplements, because it’s the most bioavailable form4.
(Be forewarned: magnesium citrate is one of the forms of magnesium that is considered a mild laxative, and too much could lead to diarrhea because it increases water flow to the intestines. We haven’t noticed that to be an issue with this product, but it doesn’t hurt to keep in mind. Or, conversely, if you need a little help moving things along, this might be the ticket!)
And Natural Vitality are the Magnesium Masters.
They’ve been in the game since 1982 and have a plethora of magnesium supplements that come in a variety of flavors and forms, like capsules and drink-mix powders. (Spoiler alert: We’re partial to the gummies.)
We also love their company ethos and commitment to the best ingredients. They even provide financial support to organic farming!
The flavor is raspberry-lemon, but we wish they had a little more lemon tang. These are overarchingly sweet, and don’t even really contain the tart bite of the raspberry promised on the label. Instead they just exude vague fruity sweetness.
But that’s ok, the taste isn’t exactly why we’re here. We’re here for the Epic Calm.
And the Natural Vitality Calm Gummies deliver.
We do recommend taking these at night, especially if you are new to this product. The first time we took these (before bed, thankfully), we took two gummies. (The suggested amount is up to four.)
We were unprepared for how quickly and powerfully these hit us! In a good way, but it was kind of intense! We were pretty spaced out. We haven’t experienced quite the same reaction after taking these regularly, so maybe we were a little deficient in the magnesium & that first wave hit us hard?
Either way, we still haven’t worked our way up to four, but we are in awe of what an impressive & effective supplement these are. Maybe the giant bottle should have tipped us off.
The only bugaboo with these is that they are sticky and overly sugary. It’s unclear why these must be coated in granular sugar, a sugar that sticks to your fingers & coats all the surfaces in your vicinity.
And chewing these can feel like you’re throwing caution to the wind. Will these pull out your fillings? Who knows? But at least you’ll be totally calm if they do!
We definitely recommend these. You can get ’em here.
Boyle NB, Lawton C, Dye L. The Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Subjective Anxiety and Stress—A Systematic Review. Nutrients. 2017; 9(5):429.
Sartori SB, Whittle N, Hetzenauer A, Singewald N. Magnesium deficiency induces anxiety and HPA axis dysregulation: modulation by therapeutic drug treatment. Neuropharmacology. 2012;62(1):304-312. doi:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2011.07.027
Kirkland AE, Sarlo GL, Holton KF. The Role of Magnesium in Neurological Disorders. Nutrients. 2018;10(6):730. Published 2018 Jun 6. doi:10.3390/nu10060730
Walker, A. F., Marakis, G., Christie, S., & Byng, M. (2003). Mg citrate found more bioavailable than other Mg preparations in a randomised, double-blind study. Magnesium research, 16(3), 183–191.