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The blood test that your doctor performed is called a SERUM magnesium test, which is part of any normal blood chemistry panel. Unfortunately, this test is not an accurate indicator of your body's storage of magnesium. Here's why: in order for your heart to beat (and for you to be alive) your body has to maintain a steady amount of magnesium in your blood at all times. It accomplishes this by pulling magnesium from your bones and tissues as needed -- including your muscles. So you can have a perfectly normal magnesium blood test and be LOW in magnesium in your muscles -- causing your cramps.
Many doctors know that magnesium is important for muscle cramps, but they don't realize how important, and they don't know which magnesium forms actually work. Many believe that magnesium is just another medication, able to help you control your symptoms. In reality, lack of magnesium is the hidden reason why most people get muscle cramps.
There are a variety of forms and each has pros and cons:
Magnesium oxide and hydroxide: Supplement companies love this stuff because it is cheap as dirt. Unfortunately dirt is more effective. It is very poorly absorbed (only 8%), and is highly laxative. But nonetheless, it is what you find in most common multi-vitamins. It also happens to be the active ingredient in Milk of Magnesia.
Magnesium citrate: It is well absorbed, but is also highly laxative. It is the main ingredient in those glass bottles of laxative at the drug store. If you have ever had a colonoscopy, this is what they gave you to "clean you out". It is the main ingredient in those canisters of fizzy magnesium powder found in vitamin stores.
Magnesium sulfate: Also known as Epsom Salt. It is also very laxative -- that's partly what they sell it for. But it is great for soaking!
Magnesium glycinate: This is magnesium bound to the amino acid glycine. This form is not ideal, because... well, this gets a bit technical: Glycine acts as a "co-agonist of the NMDA receptor" where magnesium is an antagonist. What does that mean? Basically, magnesium tells your neurons to slow down, and glycine tells them to speed up. So to a certain extent, magnesium and glycine cancel each other out. Mixing these two ingredients does not make sense, especially if relaxation is a goal of yours.
Magnesium chelate or glutamate: Both are the same thing. Glutamate, like glycine, is also "NMDA agonist", with all the same problems. Plus, these products are super-cheap, in part because they frequently have substantial amounts of "unbound magnesium", i.e. the problematic magnesium oxide, as a byproduct of its manufacturing process.
Magnesium chloride: Also known as road de-icer. In supplement form, is very well absorbed, non-laxative, and free of all other side effects -- but it turns to liquid when exposed to air, making it prohibitive to deliver via capsule or tablet. It is extremely bitter, so makes a lousy drink, too.
Magnesium taurinate: This is magnesium bound to the amino acid Taurine. It has the side effect of causing extreme drowsiness, which makes it difficult to take during the day. It is also very expensive.
Cramp Defense™: High absorbing, non laxative, no weird side effects. It's an organic form found in fruits and vegetables, not some crushed up rock.
We are MgBRIGHT LLC, and our only product is Cramp Defense™. We were founded in January 2011, and after a period of research and development, began selling the product in February 2012. Our team is based in Houston, TX and the product ships from a warehouse in Atlanta, GA. The company is a member of the Better Business Bureau. If you ever need to reach us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information about the company, visit About Us.
We have changed the name to make it easier for people to understand. The product is exactly the same -- same formulation and dosages.
-Instead of listing "Magnesium 2-hydroxybutanedioate", the label says "Fully-reacted magnesium malate complex (Truemag®)". These ingredients are exactly the same -- again, we just wanted to make it easier to understand.
-Instead of the serving size being 2 capsules for 140mg of magnesium, the serving size is now 1 capsule for 70mg of magnesium. Either way, it is 70mg per capsule -- nothing has changed.
The product is safe as long as it doesn't interact with your medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. The product works for over 80% of people, but every person is different, so we cannot predict whether it will work for you. That's why we have the 110% guarantee for 120 days -- so you have plenty of time to try it.
In our experience, about 80% of people get substantial results from Cramp Defense®. By fixing their magnesium deficiency, some have become totally free of their muscle cramps; others have seen a significant decrease in the pain and/or frequency of their symptoms. This could mean that the pain is cut in half, or they only get cramps once a week instead of every night. Everyone is different. About 20% of people do not see results from Cramp Defense™, even after increasing their dose and taking it for more than a month. This usually means that magnesium deficiency is not causing their problems. This is why we offer the 110% Guarantee -- to give you plenty of time to see if it works for you.
The smallest dose necessary to get relief. For many, the recommended dose is 2 capsules per meal, for a total of 6 capsules (420 mg of magnesium) a day. You could also take 3 capsules with both breakfast and dinner. Although many people discover that they can take a lower dose and still get great results -- you can experiment with the dose to see what works best for you.
We simply changed the label: Previously, the serving size was 2 capsules. Now it is one capsule. As always, there is 70mg of elemental magnesium per capsule (583mg magnesium malate). We have not changed the formula, it is exactly the same -- so your dosage should not change either.
Although Cramp Defense™ is only magnesium and malate, natural parts of a healthy diet, please talk to your doctor before starting any new dietary supplement. Certain conditions and medications can affect how the body processes and excretes magnesium.
We are not allowed to give medical advice. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist!
Other products are manufactured all over the world by the lowest bidder. Cramp Defense™ is made in the USA, in a multi-million dollar, 80,000 square foot facility. This facility is inspected by the FDA. Furthermore, our facility has voluntarily adopted a standard even higher than FDA inspection requirements, which requires the strictest levels of purity, precision and sanitation.
We accept returns postmarked within 120 days of product purchase. If you ordered more than one bottle, only sealed bottles and a maximum of 1 opened bottle will be refunded per order. Do not open more than one bottle if you are planning on getting a refund!
If you need to return the product please send it back to the following address, via US First Class Mail. Make sure to get a tracking number. (If you do not get a tracking number we cannot accept responsibility if it is lost).