Magnesium – Are You Missing Out?
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is used by the body in
over 300 different biochemical processes. Because magnesium
is so widely used, it is easy for it to become depleted. Common
signs of magnesium deficiency include muscular cramps
and spasms, headaches, eye twitches and even a decreased
resilience to stress. Magnesium deficiency is surprisingly more
common than you may think. To ensure that you are replenishing
your magnesium levels, it is important to choose the right type
Not All Magnesiums Are Created Equal
The type of magnesium used in a supplement will greatly
affect how much of it is absorbed and the results you receive.
Magnesium bisglycinate is a specific form of magnesium
amino acid chelate where magnesium is bound to two glycine
molecules. This molecular structure means that magnesium
bisglycinate does not compete with other minerals for
absorption, improving the absorption and therapeutic effect.
Magnesium bisglycinate also decreases unwanted side effects,
such as gastrointestinal upsets, that can be experienced from
other forms of magnesium. Clinical studies have shown that
magnesium bisglycinate is eight times more absorbed than
magnesium oxide and is extremely well tolerated.
Do You Need More?
While magnesium is critically important in the body, it also
requires other vitamins and minerals to complement its
function. Specific magnesium combinations are available to
your Practitioner to help address your presenting symptoms.
Common presentations of magnesium deficiency can include;
Stress: During times of stress there is an increased requirement
for magnesium. If stress persists, this can often result in
magnesium deficiency, which then heightens the stress response.
A combination of magnesium, B complex vitamins and
glutamine can help regulate the stress response. Likewise, an
addition of potassium citrate can help alkalise the body which is
beneficial because stress can increase metabolic acidity.
Cardiovascular support: Magnesium is a great supportive
nutrient for heart health. Magnesium and taurine
supplementation have been shown to decrease both systolic
and diastolic blood pressure and support healthy heart
function. Specific activated B vitamins can also help decrease
homocysteine levels and support cardiovascular health.
Irregular blood glucose levels: Magnesium, along with
chromium and activated B vitamins, can help regulate blood
glucose levels, therefore decreasing fluctuations between
hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia.
Restless legs and cramps: Muscular cramps, tension and
spasms are commonly associated with magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium has therapeutic applications in enhancing muscle
relaxation and relieving spasms.
Fatigue and Thyroid function: In every cell we have our own powerhouses, known as
mitochondria. To produce good amounts of energy for our
body and brain, these powerhouses need magnesium and
Acetyl-Carnitine (NAC). Thyroid hormones support the function
and numbers of mitochondria and are therefore important for
energy production: Minerals iodine, zinc and selenium support
thyroid health. Magnesium, combined with iodine, zinc,
selenium, tyrosine and NAC can support energy production if
you have physical or mental fatigue.
Don’t Leave Out The Little Ones
Magnesium can also be useful for our children too. If your
child experiences symptoms such as cramps, spasms or restless
legs they could also be deficient in magnesium and may
benefit from supplementation with a great tasting magnesium
supplement designed for kids.
Mighty Magnesium Food Inclusions
Magnesium comes in a wide variety of foods, from nuts and
seeds, to leafy greens and grains. Include these nutrient-rich
foods in your diet to support your magnesium status:
• Nuts and seeds – Raw almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pumpkin (pepitas) and sesame seeds.
• Green leafy vegetables – Kale, silver beet, chard and spinach.
• Whole grains – Quinoa, wheat, buckwheat and rye are not only high in magnesium, but other nutrients too.
• Dark chocolate – Feel like a treat? Raw cacoa is also high in magnesium and makes a great guilt free treat in moderation.
Magnesium Replenishment Made Easy
As you can see, magnesium really IS magnificent! If you
are experiencing stress, muscle tension, fatigue or other
signs associated with magnesium deficiency, it is time to top
up! The right magnesium supplement, prescribed by your
Practitioner, alongside simple dietary and lifestyle advice can
help you replenish your magnesium reserves. Establishing good
magnesium levels can help increase your vitality and wellness
and maintain your health in the long-term.