We are excited to share that PickleballCentral is now carrying health supplements to help you stay strong throughout your games and recover faster afterwards. Our products come from the company Jigsaw Health, a group who cares about real, measurable results and high quality ingredients.
Jigsaw's focus primarily centers around magnesium, a mineral that many individuals are deficient in without realizing it. Magnesium was the key to improved health for one of the company's founders, Pat Sullivan. His co-founder and son, Patrick, took some time to introduce their work and share why it could be an important part of your health 'puzzle' as well.
Jigsaw not only provides impressive products but has a great sense of humor, too! Read on to see some of the hilarious videos they've made and find out more about how their supplements can improve your quality of life:
How did you get involved in the world of pickleball and what are you looking to provide to players through your products?
My wife and business partner—Ashley—and I stumbled into pickleball in the summer of 2018 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Like so many others, we’ve been hooked ever since. Pickleball has been an unbelievably fun life enhancer for us!
Along the way we began to learn firsthand that pickleball can be a very physically demanding sport, especially in the tournament format where if you want a gold medal, you've got to play all day long to earn it.
We met a number of pickleball pros at PicklePalooza in August of 2019 including Kyle Yates, Lucy Kovola, Matt Wright, Irina Tereshenko, Jen & Steve Dawson, Adam Stone, Christine McGrath, Mills Miller and Dave Flemming. Several of them started taking our products to help increase energy and decrease cramping. And they got great results… good enough for them to start texting me a few months later to ask for a refill!
Everything has been a whirlwind since Nationals in 2019—we've sponsored 6 of the top pros in the game, and perhaps you've seen some of the fun commercials we've made with them? (To see all of Jigsaw's funny videos, click here!)
We've become the exclusive hydration & nutrition sponsor of the PPA & APP Tours. We're sponsoring several tournaments. We're working with pickleball vacation companies and camps to provide their clients with hydration and recovery samples. We've had some amazing pickleball ambassadors begin to represent Jigsaw Health at their local courts.
Simply put, we've been very warmly embraced by the pickleball community at large. They see that a) we love pickleball too, and b) my dad has formulated some amazing products that work really well for pickleball addicts!
How did you first get involved in the supplements industry, and why did magnesium end up being such a large focus for you?
For nearly 30 years, my dad struggled with various health challenges—fatigue, insomnia, gastro-intestinal problems and depression. In 2004 he published a book called Wellness Piece by Piece chronicling his journey. And in 2005, we started Jigsaw Health together. One of the more important 'puzzle pieces' he discovered was magnesium.
What are some ways people might be able to tell if they’re magnesium deficient?
One of the first symptoms of magnesium deficiency is muscle tension and nighttime leg cramps.
According to Medical News Today, 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 have leg cramps; 1 in 2 people over the age of 80 have leg cramps; and 40% experience leg cramps at least 3 times per week (Source: Medical News Today).
Magnesium is Mother Nature’s original “chill pill.” It’s a massage you can swallow. It’s like yoga in a bottle.
But even more than that, magnesium is actually the spark of life—the body can’t make ATP (energy) without magnesium, and there are over 300 biochemical reactions that require magnesium.
Would your magnesium products still be helpful to someone who isn’t magnesium deficient, or would you recommend a more general supplement like Electrolyte Supreme in that case?
It's commonly cited that as much as 90% of the population is deficient in magnesium. A landmark study published in a 2004 edition of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition shows that between 1950 and 1999, over-farming and topsoil depletion led to nutrient reductions of up to 38% in 43 of the most common fruits and vegetables (Source: Scientific American).
So even if you’re eating a healthy diet, it’s still difficult to get all of the nutrients you need from food alone. Not just to avoid deficiency, but to live optimally.
Additionally, there are pharmaceuticals that have a little known side effect of depleting magnesium. According to Pharmacist Suzy Cohen, author of Drug Muggers, there are 14 classes of prescription drugs that “mug” your body of magnesium, including blood pressure drugs, acid blockers (PPIs), antacids, antibiotics, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), osteoporosis drugs, and cholesterol lowering statins, to name but a few (Source: Jigsaw Health).
What are a few ways your company differs from the competition and ensures high quality?
You can see how Jigsaw Electrolyte Supreme™ stacks up to some of the more commonly used sugar-based electrolyte products at this link. (It provides more nutrients overall with no sugar.)
Anything else players should know?
It's important for pickleballers to realize that there are actually two types of muscle cramps... when you cramp up during physical activity, that’s because your body is low in potassium. And when you wake up in the middle of the night grasping a painful charlie horse? That's because your body is low in magnesium.
Jigsaw Electrolyte Supreme™ contains both potassium and magnesium, plus supporting vitamins to help you stay hydrated, energized, and cramp-free on (and off) the courts.
Jigsaw MagSoothe™ is an especially good form of magnesium to help prevent nighttime muscle cramps caused by a magnesium deficiency.
Our motto at Jigsaw Health: It's FUN to feel good.
And our mission: To help pickleball addicts like you play 'just one more game'... 5 or 6 more times!