Magnesium is a mineral that is found in the earth, oceans, plants, animals and of course – in humans. It is essential for our health as it plays a role in over 300 functions in our body! It is required for nerve and muscle function, it helps to regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure and it is needed for the process of growing bones. Magnesium is actually considered to be a micromineral. This essentially means it’s one of seven minerals that we need to consume a lot of in our foods to stay at optimum health. However, many people don’t consume enough magnesium with some studies even suggesting that 75% of the population is not getting enough in their diets.
Some people are more prone to become deficient in magnesium as they are more likely to have absorption issues. These people include those with gastrointestinal diseases, type 2 diabetes, the elderly and those who frequently consume too much alcohol.
The most common signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
- Muscle cramps, spasms and twitching
- High Blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mental health struggles including anxiety, depression, apathy and irritability
- Trouble sleeping
People often report feeling an instant shift in their mental and nervous state and relief when used for muscle cramps. Magnesium can be found naturally in a variety of foods including
- dark green leafy vegetables including spinach, silverbeet, chard and beetroot leaves,
- nuts and seeds including sunflower seeds, pepitas, sesame seeds and almonds
- seaweed including nori and kelp
- beans, legumes and lentils
- Dark chocolate
- Fish including mackerel, salmon and halibut
When choosing to supplement your magnesium levels with a supplement take not of the different types of magnesium as there are different forms of magnesium that can be best suited to your needs.
This is the best for sleep, anxiety, depression and stress. It is deemed to be one of the gentlest on the stomach and most readily absorbed.
This is the best form for brain health, depression and age-related memory loss. It is also linked to improvement in overall memory and cognitive function.
The heart health magnesium! Magnesium Orotate is also useful for heartburn and indigestion too.
This form of magnesium is helpful for blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and overall heart health. This is considered the best form of magnesium if you have heart palpitations.
Magnesium malate is easy for the body to absorb. It is a good form for replenishing your overall magnesium levels. It may be beneficial for systemic inflammation such as for fibromyalgia. It is also reported to aid in cases of chronic fatigue, energy and muscle fatigue.
This is the form that will be most commonly used in topical applications such as magnesium baths and magnesium ‘oil’. It is helpful for muscle cramping and aching.
Ideally, we would consume enough magnesium in our daily diets. However, if you are dealing with the symptoms of low magnesium levels you may need to pick a supplement to bring your levels up and manage your current symptoms. During a consultation, we look at a complete health profile and your current diet so that I can recommend exactly the right products and protocols for you in your journey to good health. For more information about how I can support you please contact us.