Magnesium and why we need it

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body.

Few people fully appreciate the importance of this miraculous mineral. 


This one essential mineral activates over 350 biochemical processes in the body to keep things flowing. Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it doesn’t show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood. The human genome project reveals that 3,751 human proteins have binding sites for magnesium.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:

  • Anxiety, depression and irritability
  • Constipation
  • Digestive issues
  • Low energy
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Menstrual pain and irregularities and reproductive health
  • Migraine headaches
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Restless legs
  • Muscle cramps
  • Foggy brain and cloudy thinking
  • Nausea

Magnesium: 

  • Promotes normal blood pressure
  • Helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function
  • Helps prevents gallstone disease
  • Improves symptoms of autism
  • Keeps memory strong
  • Improves hearing
  • Improves asthma symptoms
  • Helps manage Diabetes; common among type 2 diabetics, especially those with neuropathy or coronary disease.
  • Can relieve symptoms of Fibromyalgia; Magnesium malate improves pain and tenderness in fibromyalgia patients
  • Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer; Epidemiological studies link low magnesium levels with higher rates of colorectal cancer
  • Builds Strong Bones; magnesium assists calcium in building bone strength
  • Stimulates the hormone calcitonin. which helps draw calcium out of the blood and soft tissues and puts it back into the bones. Too much calcium in the blood and tissues can increase the risk of arthritis, heart attack, and kidney stones, as well as osteoporosis.
  • Reduces Signs of Metabolic Syndrome; after only 4 months, markers in the magnesium group lowered their systolic pressure by 2.1 points and their diastolic pressure by 3.8 points. Their fasting blood glucose levels dropped 12.3 points and their triglycerides plunged 47.4%.

Magnesium also relaxes the body from:

  • Tension
  • Tightness
  • Tics, spasms, cramps and stiffness
  • Sore muscles

Helps prevent the buildup:

  • Of plaque on your teeth
  • In your heart
  • Arteries
  • And even in your brain

And here’s to chocolate!

One of the richest sources of magnesium is high quality dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has a whopping 176 mg of magnesium in a 100 gram bar.  In fact, if you crave chocolate your body may be telling you it’s low in magnesium.

The best food sources of magnesium include:

  • dark leafy greens
  • beans
  • nuts and seeds
  • yogurt
  • bananas
  • dark chocolate

Different types of magnesium

Magnesium Threonate

  • only form known to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane to improve brain function
  • may help to diminish symptoms of hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, and other brain-related disorders
  • improves memory
  • improves cognitive function
  • significantly increases levels of magnesium in the brain

Magnesium Glycinate

  • made from magnesium and the amino acid glycine
  • one of the most bio-available forms but long term may induce diarrhea
  • raises red blood cell magnesium
  • promotes relaxation
  • may improve leaky gut
  • may reduce nerve pain

Magnesium Malate

  • made from magnesium and the organic compound malic acid
  • improves energy levels
  • reduces muscle pain
  • great for detox – known to cross blood brain barrier and bind to aluminium
  • may counteract heavy metals

Magnesium Chloride

  • impressive absorption rate
  • great for detoxing
  • aids kidney function
  • boosts sluggish metabolism
  • we use it in the clinic as a spray – high absorption→→→

Magnesium sulfate

  • known as Epsom salts
  • promotes relaxation
  • improves sleep
  • helps the body to eliminate toxins

Magnesium taurate

  • made from magnesium and the amino acid taurine
  • supports cardiovascular health

AVOID:

magnesium oxide and magnesium glutamate and aspartate


 

 

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