Magnesium is an essential mineral - are you deficient?


45 days ago


Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in the maintenance of optimum health and wellness. Magnesium is found in foods like nuts, seeds, legumes, and green leafy vegetables. However, studies indicate that nearly 50% of adults in Europe and America are deficient.


Key health benefits of taking a Magnesium Supplement include:


Improved Sleep: Higher levels of magnesium in the body are associated with better sleep, longer sleep times, and less tiredness during the day. Studies of older adults also found that magnesium supplementation helped with falling asleep faster and protected against waking up earlier than desired. Adequate magnesium intake can benefit sleep quality. If you struggle with sleep, a magnesium supplement might help.


Stress Management: Magnesium can help stress by regulating neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout the brain and body. Magnesium can also increase relaxing GABA, a brain chemical that reduces anxiety and promotes calmness.


Heart Health: Magnesium is essential for heart function as it relaxes the cells by countering calcium, which stimulates contractions. It is an Electrolyte which plays an essential role in nerve signalling and the muscle contraction. It helps to maintain a healthy heart rhythm and prevent complications.


Magnesium also plays a role in bone health, metabolism (blood sugar regulation), muscle function and pain management.


Low magnesium levels are associated with health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.


In Dispensary we stock a form of magnesium called Magnesium Glycerophosphate which is shown to have better absorption rates without the risk of any gastrointestinal complications.


Magnesium supplements are generally considered safe, but it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional if you have existing health conditions or take prescribed medications.
 
References
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Gerry K. Schwalfenberg, Stephen J. Genuis, "The Importance of Magnesium in Clinical Healthcare", Scientifica, vol. 2017, Article ID 4179326, 14 pages, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4179326