The Importance of Magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral found in the earth, sea, plants, and animals including humans. It’s the fourth most bountiful mineral found in our bodies. It’s found in every cell and is vital for the health of our brain and body to function. Sixty percent of magnesium is found in our bones and the other forty percent is found in our muscles, soft tissues, and fluids including our blood.
The key role of magnesium in our bodies is the biochemical reactions continuously performed by enzymes. It aids in more than six hundred reactions in our daily functions. Many functions include converting food to energy, creating and repairing DNA and RNA, building new proteins from amino acids, involved in the contractions and relaxation of muscles and regulating neurotransmitters throughout your brain and body.
When our body has the proper amount of magnesium levels we can boost our performance in sports and everyday activity. We are able to fight depression and inflammation. It lowers our risk for type two diabetes. Helps to prevent migraines and improves PMS symptoms. While it lowers high-blood pressure it doesn’t affect regular blood pressure.
When our magnesium levels are low we suffer from many symptoms such as muscle cramps, fatigue, poor memory, potassium deficiency, dizziness, nausea, tremors, heart and respiratory issues, calcium deficiency, anxiety, and confusion as well as many other manifestations.
Getting the proper amount of magnesium is always best when getting it from fresh food sources. Many foods that contain magnesium are pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, black beans, okra, spinach, squash, almonds, cashews, avocados, and dark chocolate. Many experts recommend that 270-400 mg. daily is needed while others claim it should be twice as much.
There are also foods that you should avoid in order to maintain high levels of magnesium. These foods or ingredients to avoid include gluten, alcohol, farmed foods, refined sugar, regular and decaf tea and coffee and common table salt. Use Himalayan or Celtic sea salt instead.
Since we don’t always get enough vitamins and minerals through our daily food intake we often use supplements. It’s important to make sure that you choose a high-quality supplement since not all supplements are easily absorbed.
Not all magnesium supplements work the same so make sure you find the one right for you. For example, magnesium citrate is a mild laxative and magnesium carbonate is best for acid reflux and digestive issues. Magnesium glycinate works for maintaining magnesium levels and is often preferred for long-term use. Magnesium may also affect other medications and health conditions so be sure to check with your doctor on which form is best for you.
Another way to replenish magnesium in your body is through topical use. You can add it to your bath water a few times a week or rub it on the bottoms of your feet at bedtime. This will also help with restless leg syndrome. There are also homeopathic magnesium formulas that work well by opening up the cell receptor site where magnesium needs to enter. By using more than one approach to boost magnesium levels you can increase your levels much quicker.
Now that you understand the vital role magnesium has on our body and how to maintain the levels you will be able to prevent or treat the many ailments caused by the deficiency of magnesium. As always check with your doctor before adding a supplement to your daily regimen.
What is your preferred method for replenishing your magnesium intake?