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Natural Calm is a magnesium supplement developed by Peter Gillham, and while the company carries several other items, the Natural Calm products represent its primary supplement line 1. The name of the product refers to the calming effects of magnesium, and it is marketed as "natural stress relief." Natural Calm consists of magnesium citrate powder as its primary ingredient, and when added to warm liquid, it becomes a fizzing, bubbling drink 1.
The 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that most Americans who do not take supplements have mild magnesium deficiency problems, particularly among the elderly 2. In addition to consuming less of the mineral in their diets, older people absorb less and excrete more than they did in younger years. Older adults are also more likely to be taking pharmaceutical drugs that are known to decrease magnesium absorption. Early symptoms of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and weakness. If you have an illness such as celiac disease or Crohn's that may limit nutrient absorption in your intestines, you may need extra magnesium supplementation. Magnesium levels in your body can also be depleted due to stress, certain medications, strenuous exercise, diabetes or too much calcium in the diet.
According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in your body and is critical for health, as it is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in your body 2. About half of your body's magnesium is stored in your bones, while the rest is primarily inside the cells of your tissues and organs. Only 1 percent is in your blood. When you eat foods containing magnesium, your small intestines absorb the mineral. Excess magnesium is excreted through the kidneys.
Natural Calm comes in several flavors and varieties, none of which contain artificial flavors or sweeteners 1. Natural Calm comes in original, raspberry-lemon, orange and sweet lemon flavors in 4 oz., 8 oz 1. and 16 oz. sizes as well as single serving packs. Mama Natural Calm contains folic acid and zinc for pregnant and nursing mothers 1. Natural Baby Calm adds vitamin C to the magnesium, and Kid's Formula Calm is marketed as a remedy for attention deficit disorder as well as relief from muscle cramping 1. Baby and kid formulas contain less magnesium proportionate to their smaller size and weight. Natural Calm plus calcium is described as a calcium supplement balanced with magnesium for better calcium assimilation 1. It contains three parts magnesium to two parts calcium in the form of calcium gluconate. Natural Calm Plus Calcium also contains vitamin C, vitamin D, potassium and boron and comes in original and raspberry lemon flavor in 8 oz 1. and 16 oz. sizes.
Recommendations for magnesium intake are given in the Dietary Reference Intakes, or DRIs, from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences 2. Values given include Recommended Dietary Allowances, or RDA, Adequate Intakes, or AI, and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels, or UL. The magnesium RDA for children from ages 1 to 3 is 80 mg per day, 130 mg for ages 4 to 8 and 240 mg for ages 9 to 13. RDAs for teen and adult males range from 400 mcg to 420 mg per day, while teen and adult female RDAs range from 310 mg to 360 mg. No RDA has been established for infants, only an AI of 30 mg for zero to 6 months of age and 70 mg for ages 7 to 12 months. Several medications can influence magnesium absorption, so talk with your doctor to make sure you are getting enough if you are taking diuretics, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, insulin or cortisone.
According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, even if you are not showing symptoms of a severe magnesium deficiency, having adequate body stores of magnesium may be protective against illnesses such as heart disease and immune dysfunction 2. Magnesium also plays a role in muscle and nerve function and bone strength, as well as moderating blood sugar and normalizing blood pressure.
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