Magnesium is a crucial mineral for helping you cope with modern living and maintain great health
This essential mineral is involved with virtually every metabolic process that occurs in your body.
Health Benefits of Magnesium
- Your ability to produce energy
- Cardiovascular health including blood pressure and risk of stroke, heart arrhythmias, and heart attack.
- Your ability to keep your blood sugar stable
- Hormonal stability
- Sleep quality
- Healthy bowel function
- A healthy immune system
- Maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system
- Supporting a Healthy mood and anxiety symptoms
Magnesium helps your body cope with stress
Stress comes in many forms and affects your body in many ways.
Stress can come from emotional issues, financial problems, and work-related issues and pressure. Caffeine, alcohol and certain medications also deplete your body of magnesium by increasing the excretion through urine.
Other stresses which are not always thought of include environmental toxins, WIFI and screen exposure, processed food, poor sleep, and nutritional deficiencies.
All of the above stresses deplete your body of magnesium which is exactly the mineral you need to help cope with the stress.
There are many signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency including
- Sleeping problems
- Muscle twitches including a flickering eyelid
- Blood sugar instability
- Weight gain
- Poor circulation
Just to name a few!!
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body is involved in supporting health in many subtle and not so subtle ways.
Foods High in magnesium include
Spinach, dark chocolate, avocado, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and black beans
Unfortunately in New Zealand, our soils are depleted from many minerals including magnesium which is why farmers often use mineral blocks and other supplements to keep their stock healthy.
When you buy vegetables they are likely to be depleted in key nutrients because the soil in which they are grown is depleted.
Consequently, the gap between what you need and what you are getting in food is becoming wider and wider. Especially when you consider the extra stresses modern living brings.
The ability for a magnesium supplement to absorb is usually down to the form of magnesium and what chelating agent it has been bound to.
Poorer absorbing forms of magnesium include
Magnesium carbonate and magnesium oxide. Their poor absorption makes them a poor choice if you want to improve cellular and organ levels of magnesium but can however be used as a laxative or even as an antacid
Magnesium Citrate Malate and Magnesium bisglycinate are particularly good forms of magnesium.
Magnesium oil or gels can also be useful as the skin will absorb a certain amount of magnesium transdermally. Applying the oil to areas where there is tension, muscle spasms, and tenderness can be really helpful. Usually, internal supplementation is also required.
Magnesium is a necessity for living in the 21st century and certainly helps build strength and resilience to the stress modern life brings to our lives.