Magnesium Breakthrough by BioOptimizers is said to be a quantum leap in supplement technology by providing 7 different forms of magnesium. The supplement is touted to transform your stress and performance by improving your sleep and immune function – and many other things. But, is this Breakthrough supplement worth it? Is it a scam? Do the 7 different forms really work better together? And, does it have any side effects? While Internet comedian JP Sears may believe in the supplement, what does the research say and what happened when I tried it? Let's look at the ingredients and research and see what we can discover.
What Does Magnesium Do?
Magnesium (Mag) is a very important mineral, taking part in over 300 cellular reactions. Just some of its functions include:
- Making energy
- Bone health
- Making proteins
- Making genetic material (DNA and RNA)
- Blood sugar regulation
- Cell signaling (how cells communicate)
- Blood pressure control
- Vitamin D regulation
In plants, magnesium is critical to chlorophyll to provide oxygen via photosynthesis.
What Does Magnesium Breakthrough Help With?
The company says the supplement is supposed to:
- Reduce your stress
- Improve your sleep
- Boost your immune system
- Help your heart rhythm
- Improve your bone strength
Here's a short video the company has created to describe the supplement
Magnesium Breakthrough Ingredients
The Supplement Facts label tells us two capsules has the following ingredients:
|Amount||Percent Daily Value|
|Vitamin B6||2 mg||118 % DV|
|Elemental Magnesium composed of:||500 mg||120% DV|
|1 magnesium chelate|
|2 magnesium bisglycinate|
|3 magnesium aspartate|
|4 magnesium malate|
|5 magnesium orotate|
|6 magnesium taurate|
|7 magnesium citrate|
|Humic/fulvic monoatomic blend||?|
|Maganese citrate||1 mg||43% DV|
The amount of the humic /fulvic blend is not given. Both humic acid and fulvic acid are nutrient enhancers. They are used to bolster the absorption of magnesium. As a rule, we typically absorb about 30% of the mineral when consumed.
Cellulose, NU-Flow, NU-Mag, Silica,
Watch this video I created to learn about the supplement and my experiment
Watch on my YouTube channel if you prefer.
What About The Different Forms?
The Breakthrough supplement has 7 different forms of magnesium. Here's a quick rundown on them.
1 Chelated magnesium
Chelated minerals are those combined with other things like amino acids to boost absorption. In the supplement facts label above it's not said which substance magnesium is chelated to. Since it's listed first, this form makes up most of the 500 mg in the blend. The company says this form is often used for muscle building, recovery, and health. Some research shows this mineral may improve strength and walking speed in older adults. Other studies however have not shown this.
2 Magnesium bisglycinate
Another name for this is magnesium glycinate. Here, the mineral is bonded to glycine, an amino acid. The company says research on this form of the mineral has found it may help arterial stiffness in overweight people. In that study, however, the researchers state they were not sure if the effects were due to magnesium or citrate – or whether other forms of the mineral would have the same effect.
3 Magnesium aspartate
In this form, the mineral is bonded to aspartic acid, an amino acid. This form of Mag is said to help the heart and elevate the mood. Some research has noted it improve mood in women going through menopause. In another study, vitamin B6 plus Mag reduced anxiety associated with premenstrual syndrome. The Breakthrough supplement also contains vitamin B6 so that's good.
4 Magnesium malate
This combination is composed of the mineral bonded to malic acid, a substance found in apples and other fruits. Malic is also made in the body. Malic acid plays a role in making energy. The company says this form may help with migraine headaches. There is evidence of this, but it seems to be true for the mineral in general and not just the malate form.
5 Magnesium orotate
In this formulation, the mineral is combined with orotic acid. In the past orotic acid was thought to be B vitamin (B13) but this is no longer considered true. Orotic acid is manufactured in the mitochondria and plays a role in the production of genetic material (DNA & RNA). Foods containing orotic acid include milk and dairy products.
The company says this form is best for “metabolic improvements” and athletes looking for better energy and performance. Generally, studies don't show magnesium supplements help exercise performance. If this mineral boosts gym workouts, it may work best in novices. Interestingly some evidence hints Mag supplements (500 mg/day) may reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, levels in athletes.
There is also research suggesting Mag may reduce muscle soreness. In one study, college students who took 350 mg of Mag for 10 days reported significantly less delayed muscle soreness (DOMS) compared to when they took a placebo. Other researchers have noted less muscle soreness after exercise when people were given 500 mg a day. This is the same dosage as the Breakthrough Mag supplement has.
6 Magnesium taurate
This is the 6th form of magnesium found in the Breakthrough supplement. Here the mineral is combined with taurine, an amino acid. Some research finds taurine may benefit people with congestive heart failure. But the doses where this might happen are above 1000 mg, which is more than that contained in the Breakthrough supplement. Other research finds this mineral may reduce angina attacks. That said, remember heart problems are complicated and unlikely to be corrected by any single vitamin or mineral.
7 Magnesium citrate
This is the 7th form found in the Breakthrough supplement, so it makes up the least of all the forms. Here, Mag bonded to citric acid. This is the form that's often seen in stool softeners and laxatives.
Magnesium Breakthrough Research
No clinical research on the Breakthrough supplement could be located. While studies are listed on the BioOptimizers website, none of them involved the use of the supplement itself. To be clear, there is ample research on magnesium itself. So, that's good. That research shows magnesium is critical for maintaining optimal health. At the heart of the claims are whether chelated minerals are better than taking the un-chelated forms.
Who Makes It?
The company is called BioOptimizers. The President is Wade Lightheart. The company address listed is 5470 Kietzke Ln suite 300 Reno Nevada 89511. While the company website says they have been “optimizing humans since 2004”, the Better Business Bureau lists that the company was created in 2018. Perhaps this means the company used to exist under a different name? To contact BioOptimizers call 800-719-2467.
Better Business Bureau Rating
BioOptimizers has an A- rating with the BBB. See the BBB file for more information.
Is Magnesium Breakthrough Patented?
The BioOptimizers website lists US Patent # 5895758 for the supplement. This patent number refers to a strain of lactobacillus Plantarum, called lactobacillus Plantarum OM. It is unknown how this relates to the Breakthrough supplement.
I tried the Breakthrough supplement for 3 weeks to see how I felt before and after. I started with 1 capsule a day for the first week and then increased the amount to the recommended 2 capsules a day. Here's a brief summary of what happened
- Improved sleeping. While I had energy during the day, when it came time to go to bed, I felt I went to sleep faster and thought I slept better.
- I think my mood improved. I'm generally pretty happy but I think I felt a wee bit better.
- No change in blood pressure. My blood pressure is always good. It was 100/70 before and 100/70 after.
- I did not notice any improvements in my workouts
- I had no negative side effects
Take my results for what they are – one person's testimonial. Individual results will vary but overall, I thought it was doing something.
Where Can You Buy It?
You can get it directly from the BiOptimizers website. Currently, the supplement is not sold in stores like Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, Costco or Target.
How Big Are The Pills?
The pills are about the size of a standard multivitamin. They are not hard to swallow. Since they are capsules, you can open them up and add the contents to smoothies, etc if you don't like swallowing pills.
How Do You Take It
The directions say to take 2 capsules with dinner. Start with less if you've never taken a Mag supplement before.
You have 1 year (365 days) to return the supplement if not satisfied. Breakthrough comes with a 100% money-back guarantee on unopened bottles. The company even returns shipping costs too – which is pretty unusual. To return the supplement you will need a return merchandise authorization number (RMA number) that you get from the company. Call customer service at 800-719-2467 to obtain the RMA number and ask questions about the return process. Call Monday – Friday 10 AM -8 PM EST.
Pros and Cons
|Contains and effective dose||No research on supplement itself|
|No stimulants||Website is a little much for my taste|
|Good return policy|
|Magnesium is well researched|
|I think I noticed benefits in my experiment|
Magnesium Breakthrough Side Effects
The supplement is likely safe in most people, especially those who are healthy. In the amounts found in food, the mineral is considered safe. Even with supplements, toxicity is rare. Here are some things to consider when taking this or any new supplement. This list is not complete:
- Start with less for the first week to see how you react
- Too much magnesium can cause diarrhea and nausea. It depends on the amount used so start slowly to reduce this possibility.
- Stop at least 2 weeks before surgery
- Speak to your doctor if you take medications including those for blood thinning, heart, and blood pressure
- Ask your doctor first if you have diabetes, Parkinson's, neuropathy or osteoporosis
- Ask your doctor if you're pregnant/breastfeeding
- Animal research suggests fulvic acid may raise TSH levels. It's unknown if this happens in humans. Tell your doctor if you're having your thyroid checked.
Does Magnesium Breakthrough Work?
There's no doubt as to the importance of magnesium. It takes part in over 300 cellular reactions. At issue is whether taking the BiOptimizers Breakthrough supplement is better than the competition. I thought I felt some differences when I tried it so, it may be worth giving it a try.