We’ve all heard of magnesium but not many people realise just quite how important it is. In fact it is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in the body.
What foods does magnesium come from?
Magnesium is found in nuts, seeds, dark green leafy vegetables and dark chocolate (good news!). You can easily increase your magnesium consumption by adding green vegetables to meals like soups and stews, and green smoothies are an excellent way to boost magnesium intake.
Why is magnesium so good for you?
Magnesium is involved in pretty much everything in the body, and here are a few of its best benefits.
Helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue
The interesting thing about magnesium is that it is both a calming and energising mineral. While it is commonly taken at bedtime because it helps relax our muscles, magnesium also helps reduce anxiety and fatigue. Energy is produced within your body’s cells and many enzymes are required for this process, and magnesium is essential for their function. The right amount of magnesium intake will support your energy production and your body’s recovery from stress and exercise.
Supports our muscles
Our muscles store about 27% of our body’s magnesium so it plays an essential role in muscle health. Our bodies need calcium for muscle contraction and magnesium for muscle relaxation. Without magnesium, our muscles won’t relax which can cause cramping.
Helps our nervous system
Our nervous system is the communications department within our body. It is essential to have a well-functioning nervous system for physical and mental function. Too little magnesium can leave you feeling emotionally and physically tense.
Protein synthesis and cell division
It sounds complex but put simply proteins are essential molecules inside cells in our body and, like the walls of a building, without them our bodies would collapse. Proteins wear out over time, so our bodies continually make new proteins through protein synthesis, and this is where magnesium comes in – it is an essential component in this process. Magnesium supports the continual cell division which is vital for helping our bodies protect itself from disease such as cancers, and for muscle healing and repair.
Stronger bones and teeth
Magnesium is an essential mineral in the bone and teeth matrix. The majority of our magnesium is in our bones. If, however, we don't have enough magnesium in our blood to provide our muscles with magnesium, our body can take it from the stores in our bones, leaving us at risk of a number of issues caused by magnesium deficiency, among them osteoporosis.
What can cause magnesium deficiency?
Low magnesium levels can be caused by low intake from our diets but also by excessive sweating, prolonged stress, too much calcium supplementation, heavy menstrual periods, high consumption of fizzy drinks, coffee, salt and alcohol, and conditions such as IBS.
What is the best type of magnesium to take in a supplement?
There are over 10 different types of magnesium you can get in a supplement. The difference between them is how well they are absorbed into the body, and the citrate form is the most easily absorbed by your body and the most effective. DR.VEGAN Magnesium is in citrate form, the most bio-available and effective for your body.