FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
I have heard that you to take Calcium with Magnesium or
Should I buy Natural Calm or Calm plus Calcium?
In order to absorb your calcium, to make bone, you need magnesium (and vitamin D3). It is our opinion that most people obtain enough calcium in their diet but do not have enough magnesium in their diets (70-90% of people are deficient in magnesium). There is a lot of talk about supplementing with calcium to avoid osteoporosis but there is not much mention of magnesium. If you get too much calcium, you may develop kidney stones, gull stones, arthritis, bone spurs and even cataracts. These are all from excess calcium getting deposited in various parts of the body.
We suggest you first take a bottle of magnesium and then evaluate if you need to take Calm plus Calcium. Supplementing with calcium is a good idea if you are very active, like an athlete, as every time your muscles contract it takes calcium and then when they relax it takes magnesium. Most muscle cramps are from no available magnesium to relax the muscle.
Calcium supplementation is good is when you believe you have insufficient calcium in your diet.
How much Calcium do you need to take or eat to maintain the proper balance of these minerals? And, what form of calcium is best to take? Thank you.
Because we tend to get more calcium in our diets than magnesium Carol Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle believes the optimum level is 1,000 mg of calcium and 600 mg of magnesium. Researcher Peter Gillham believes that because we tend to get more calcium in our diets and little magnesium that we should supplement with a 3:2 magnesium to calcium ratio. Our bones need more calcium than magnesium but our brains and heart need less calcium and more magnesium to function. He suggested a ration of 3:2 (magnesium : calcium)
If your diet has a lot of calcium, and you take a calcium supplement, the supplement will rob you of your magnesium because calcium needs magnesium to be absorbed. If you get too much calcium, it will end up as calcium deposits in your joints and other parts of your body. If you get too much magnesium, it just gets eliminated though the colon in the form of too loose stools. So it is better to over supplement magnesium than calcium.
For calcium, we suggest Calm Plus Calcium. It has 3:2 ratio of calcium to magnesium. It also has vitamin D3, C, Boron and Potassium which are all necessary to absorb the calcium. Without the D3 and the Boron, your bones will not assimilate the calcium. We also believe that taking the oral magnesium with the oral calcium and other nutrients at the same time will assist the absorption.
Another great product, that has even more trace minerals and is designed to help you with osteoporosis is Osteo Calm>.
What is the source of the magnesium citrate? What are the raw materials or ingredients contained in the magnesium citrate?
There are two ingredients; magnesium carbonate made from sea water and citric acid made from sugar beets (European Company).
The two are blended together in a proprietary blend.
When hot water is added, the two ingredients combine to make magnesium citrate.
The sea water currently is sourced from the sea of Japan and the manufacturer secured a large batch before the radioactive leaks occured there.
I'm allergic to corn and anything derived from it. Is the magnesium citrate in the Natural Calm derived from corn? If not, from where is it derived?
The magnesium is derived from sea water. The other ingredient is citric acid that makes it magnesium citrate. The citric acid was at one time made from corn but now it is made from sugar beets. There is one prduct that has citric acid made from corn, at this time (Feb 2013), Kid's Calm Magnesium / Calcium. The manufacturer plans on making this product from citric acid from sugar beets, in the near future.
Do any of your products contain gluten?
Are any of your products derived from Genetically Modified (GM) foods?
No - none of the products we sell are made from Genetically Modified (GM) foods including the citric acid made sugar beets.
How do I have to prepare Natural calm?
Natural Calm works better with boiling hot water to activate it. Many people only use hot water, but the hotter, the better. The hot water activates the powder and puts the magnesium in an ionic form that enables almost 100% absorption (also called bioavailability).
Natural Calm may be added to cold water, warm water, hot water or boiling water. The temperature of the water will only dictate how fast it fully dissolves. In boiling hot water, the change is immediate. In hot water, it may take a few seconds. In warm water, it can take up to a minute. In truly cold water, it can take up to 12 minutes! If you are in a hurry to enjoy your Calm, please use hotter water. For those incorporating Calm into an ice tea or lemonade mix (i.e. "cold") the length of wait is probably unnoticed. Boiling water does ensure activation.
I live in a place that is very hot. Do I have to drink it as a hot beverage?
No - put the Natural Calm powder in a cup and put one ounce of boiling water. After it finishes efflorescing (bubbling / fizzing) then add cold water.
I don't like the taste, what can I do?
- Dissolve in one ounce of boiling water, add one ounce of cold water and chug it down fast.
- Make your calm drink and then throw in a tea bag to flavor it.
- Mix it with some juice.
- Add some flavour crystals to it.
- Buy a different flavor next time.
It works great and I need it to sleep every night. Can I develop a dependency on this product?
No - Natural Calm is a magnesium mineral. We have 4 main minerals called electrolytes; Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium, that are essential for our bodies to exist. They are part of our food and you cannot get chemically dependent on a food.
Are there any side effects?
If you consume too much your stools will become loose. This is because the excess magnesium goes to the colon and causes it to hydrate. Most laxatives are made from a form of magnesium.
I don't seem to be able to take a teaspoon without having too loose stools, what can I do?
We have some customers who take 2 tablespoons at a time. They had to start out with a lower dose and slowly increase. The other thing you can do is break it up, ½ teaspoon in the morning and ½ before bed time.
What quality measure or safe manufacturing standards do you adhere to?
The manufacturer are putting in GMPs (good manufacturing practices) but have not fully complied with these at this point. Every batch of product manufactured is tested for contaminants and potencies which we believe is a good start.
Every time I use CALM my stools are loose. No matter the amount (pinch or spoonful). Is that what most people have using the product?
Some people (not many) just cannot use oral magnesium, no matter how it is introduced. Our magnesium oil and gel, which is absorbed through the skin, is an alternate choice.
I am wondering if I can mix kid's calm with juice instead of water. I think it would go down easier for him.
Yes you can mix it with your kid’s juice, but you have to activate it first.
Put the amount you normally use for your child (or as per instructions on the bottle) into a mug and then add 1oz (30ml) boiling water, wait till the efflorescence stops and the powder has dissolved. Add this 1 oz of water to your child’s juice.
I am wondering if your Calm Plus calcium product is enough calcium for a woman in her early 50's
Our personal opinion is that we get enough calcium in our diets. In order to absorb that calcium we need Magnesium and D3.
One female doctor, who buys our Natural Calm, but not our Calm Plus Calcium told me she believes that a calcium deficiency is really a D3 deficiency.
Our foods have 30% less magnesium than 30 years ago. We don’t drink well anymore either. Your brain and heart require more magnesium than calcium.
WheWhen you cook your greens, your magnesium goes in the water. Processed foods don’t have much magnesium. Calcium, on the other hand is more plentiful. The countries that consume the most dairy, Finland being first and the US second, also have the highest incidence of Osteoporosis.
We have 3 choices for you:
- Calm Plus Calcium 3:2 magnesium to calcium ratio, with D3, Boron and Potassium.
- Osteo Calm> Supplement Balanced For Bone Health
- CalMag> 2:1 ratio of Calcium to Magnesium for those who believe they need more calcium.
I recently purchased Natural Calm from you after having read that it can assist with Restless Leg Syndrome and insomnia. I was also of the understanding that taking the magnesium alone in the form you provide was more beneficial. However, after reading more (a little knowledge is a dangerous thing!!!) I am confused and wonder if I should also be taking a calcium supplement as well - it seems they go "hand in hand" although calcium would seem to inhibit absorption of magnesium. Is it safe to take just the magnesium?
Most people get adequate calcium. In order to absorb your calcium, you need magnesium (plus vitamin D3). The US government says that 80% of women and 70% of men are magnesium deficient. When you cook food, most of the magnesium is in the water. Also, our food has 30% less magnesium in it than 30 years ago. You can get too much calcium (some forms of arthritis, joint problems, spurs, etc. but you can’t get too much magnesium (you will just eliminate it though your colon i.e. you get the runs). This is a very short answer to something that needs more explanation.
So you either need to get some more advice from a health care professional and testing or get to know your body as to whether you need more calcium. America and Finland are the 2 biggest consumers of dairy products (calcium) and have the highest rates of osteoporosis. We also eat a lot of processed foods. We believe that most Americans get enough calcium but not enough magnesium.
Our personal opinion is try a bottle of Natural Calm and then if you still think you need calcium with it, try a bottle of Calm plus Calcium or OsteoCalm. It is safe to just take magnesium.
What is the source of the Vitamin D3 in Calm plus Calcium?
Technically the vitamin D is D3, Cholicalciferol. (Vitamin D2 , ergocaciferol, is vegetable source but it is not readily available in commercial quantities).
Although cholecalciferol is found in man, animals and fish (fish liver oil!), none are practical industrial sources. So the world’s vitamin D3 supply is derived from lanolin and lanolin comes from the natural oils washed from sheep’s wool. Sheep (and all other mammals) produce vitamin D naturally in sebaceous glands and it migrates from the hair follicles onto hairs or fur, transported by body oils. In the case of sheep, the body oils are very rich in lanolin, so the source is commercially viable. Lanolin is a global commodity. Vitamin D is very highly purified and no trace of its origin is detectable. No animals died for this material source.
The RDA of magnesium for woman is 320 mg. I have been using 3tsp (615 mg of Natural Calm) is this dangerous? What about too much magnesium and toxicity to the kidneys.
It depends on many factors. The only time it is toxic is if you have really weak kidneys that cannot function proprerly. If you get too much magneisum, your body eliminates the excess through the colon and you stools become loose (i.e. you get the runs).
What form of Zinc is used in the Kid's Calm formula
The form of Zinc used is Zinc Gluconate.