Magnesium – The Important Mineral We All Overlook

Written by Celine Wallace - (Professional Column Writer at LA Yoga, SB Life & Style and Good Magazine)

A picture of foods that contain magnesium

 

Magnesium, we’ve all heard of it but few people know what all the hype is really about, and for those who do know, it’s usually a generalized idea such as it’s a calming mineral that does something or other with muscle cramps and heart health.

Let’s demystify magnesium and get you out on the playing field and off the sidelines, so you can understand and utilize the crucial role of magnesium in the body’s processes.

 

Why is magnesium important for the body?

 

Are you interested in remaining youthful with increased energy and vitality? I’d be worried if you said no, so I’ll assume you said yes, in which case magnesium is an essential daily supplement for you.

There is a lot of talk these days about antioxidants, omega oils, calcium and several other nutrients and yet we may have overlooked the missing link in our diets, the mineral magnesium.

Magnesium is involved in numerous biochemical reactions carried out within the body (over 350 in fact!) Magnesium is also the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and can be found in the teeth, bones and red blood cells.

In fact, half is found in the bone and the rest in soft tissue in the body and the body jealously maintains about one per cent of its magnesium within the blood, making blood tests difficult to identify a deficiency.

It also activates more enzymes systems in the body than iron and zinc combined. It is estimated that a staggering 70 per cent of the adult population may be magnesium deficient and to add to the risk of magnesium deficient people are those with low-calorie diets, those over-indulging in alcohol, those who engage in heavy exercise as well as elderly people and diabetics.

 

What are the benefits of Magnesium?

 

Now you understand a little bit more about the basics of why it’s important for you to have Magnesium as part of your diet, so let’s break down some symptoms that magnesium is beneficial for and why the benefits of this mineral could help.

 

Low Energy & Fatigue

Magnesium is a key mineral in the enzyme process that converts food into energy. Basically, Magnesium is critical for both the synthesis and secretion of insulin, which helps to break down glucose into energy on a cellular level so magnesium deficiency may lead to chronic fatigue syndrome as cellular function slows down.

More often than not, diabetics are also deficient in magnesium and there is justification in the use of magnesium supplements in diabetes not only to improve glucose tolerance but also to reduce the risk of many diabetic complications.

 

PMS & Hormonal Imbalances

Premenstrual Syndrome is a name given to varied physical and emotive symptoms such as abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, fatigue, irritability and anxiety that occur two to seven days before the onset of menstruation.

Sufferers of PMS have significantly lower levels of magnesium suggesting a clear association. In an attempt for them to make up for this lack of magnesium in the body women will consume almost 80% more diary and a staggering 275% more sugar! Hence the familiar pre-menstrual sugar carvings we here so much about.

Does this sound familiar to the girls reading this to you during your time of the month? Next month try some magnesium and notice if you skip the sugar, and the calories.

 

Insomnia

I have a very active mind so if you’re like me and have trouble switching off at bedtime you may also be magnesium deficient. Magnesium decreases the release of cortisol, the stress hormone that is responsible for sleep deprivation.

If you find it difficult to sleep or find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with muscle spasms, cramps or stiffness, then maybe magnesium is the answer for you.

 

Anxiety, Nerves and Irritability

Magnesium also works with calcium for optimal function of the nervous system. Without adequate magnesium, the nerve cells cannot give or receive nerve impulses resulting in sensitivity to all types of stimuli such as lights may appear too bright, noises too loud and emotional reactions too exaggerated.

A deficiency in Magnesium can easily turn into a series of symptoms that cause anxiety and irritability since magnesium is required for the manufacture of adrenal stress hormones.

 

Bone Health

Although calcium is the most abundant skeletal mineral and the best-known nutrient for maintaining bone density magnesium supplements are also known to be of great value in both the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.

The fact is calcium is very poorly soluble on its own. It requires sufficient quantities of magnesium and vitamin D in order for it to be absorbed into the bone.

Magnesium and that magnesium intake is a significant statistical predictor of bone mineral content.

 

Cramps & Spasms

Like calcium, magnesium is essential for the proper function of muscles. Calcium is responsible for the contraction phase of muscles whilst magnesium is needed for the relaxation phase.

Painful cramping at night and irritating twitches in the eyelids are usually first signs of magnesium deficiency.

 

Headaches

Headaches are known to be due to a multitude of reasons, but low levels of magnesium in the bloodstream can be a factor in preventing and treating stress headaches.

Magnesium’s benefits include helping to relax the muscle and assist with nerve relaxing properties that help the relaxation phase of the muscle and thereby decreasing the risk of headaches.

 

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones, one of the most painful urinary disorders, have beset humans for centuries. A kidney stone is a hard mass of chemical from urine.

The most common type of kidney stone contains calcium oxalate and magnesium helps prevent recurrence of calcium oxalate kidney stones due to its effects on solubilising calcium in urine.

 

What is the best kind of Magnesium?

 

With all that information I’m sure you’re now on board with the crucial role of magnesium in the body’s processes and have understood how deficiencies can arise and that dietary intake from food is simply not enough.

Which leads us to the simple fact that we need a magnesium supplement to add to our daily routine and if this is the case, then the question to ask is ‘What is the Best Kind?’ When we ask which kind is the best, it all depends on the purposes for which you are taking the supplement.

If you are requiring the magnesium to get into the intestines then there really isn’t any way to go wrong. If the magnesium is aimed to target tissues or organs than a properly chelated form (i.e., chelated magnesium is in a form that is easily absorbed by the body) of magnesium is needed for the mineral to be most effective.

When magnesium is properly chaperoned, it is then free to transverse the blood-tissue barrier or blood-brain barrier, allowing it to be effectively absorbed.

  

 Conclusion

Hopefully, the points illustrated above have helped to demystify magnesium for you and helped you to understand a little bit more about the essence of the mineral and how it’s essential to daily wellbeing.

You may also be thinking ‘Well, heck! Maybe I’ve been magnesium deficient my whole life!’ and yes, that’s possible too, so the good news is you can make some educated choices with this information to get your body back on track to feeling as good as it’s designed to feel.

This is exactly why BrainpowerNootropics® are now excited to carry the highest quality magnesium in forms that are chelated to the proper chaperones for the fastest absorption to target the tissues and organs of the body. Why? Because we’re passionate about the results we’ve personally experienced and seen through others.

We think it’s time to take the guesswork out of health and wellness to make it easy and accessible to everyone, because we all deserve to look and feel our best on a daily basis, without having to wonder if our supplements are being properly absorbed.