Why is Magnesium so important?
Magnesium is often referred to as the ‘spark of life’ because it is involved in over 600 reactions in the body. By increasing intake of this mineral, within food or as a supplement, it is possible to make a real difference to your health & well-being.
Magnesium is an element and mineral found throughout nature. In the body, it is the fourth most abundant mineral and is absolutely crucial to many aspects of health.
About 99 percent of your body’s total magnesium is stored in your bones (so just as important as calcium), muscles and soft tissues, while only about 1 percent is concentrated in the blood. Low levels of magnesium have been associated with a number of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, migraines, hypertension, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and heart disease.
However, the way we live, taking into account stress, poor/lack of sleep and high intensity exercise alongside increased caffeine and sugar intake can contribute to our body having depleted magnesium stores.
What’s more, the magnesium content of plant foods is known to have decreased by 20-30% over the last 60 years. This means we can’t always rely on standard magnesium-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans to provide high enough levels of this crucial mineral in the same way that we used to.
It is estimated that the average daily magnesium intake for men and women in the UK is below the daily amount even recommended by the UK government (375mg)!! This lower intake level may be in part be caused by food choices, farming techniques, food manufacturing, food processing & cooking methods.
Why do you need Magnesium?
Sleep | Magnesium is often nicknamed ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is a vital nutrient for healthy, restful sleep.
Stress | Magnesium helps you to deal with stress, is calming, supports a balanced mood & can ease depression.
Energy | Magnesium is needed for your body to both make and use energy. Feeling tired can be a common sign of low magnesium.
Sport & muscle function | Anyone exercising regularly is at increased risk of low magnesium. Muscles need magnesium too; cramps and muscle spasms are common signs of low magnesium.
Female hormones | Magnesium is important for all aspects of female health, especially to support monthly hormonal balance, PMS, perimenopausal/menopausal symptoms.
My favourite ways to get my Magnesium Quota include:
Avocado, Spinach, Banana, Almonds, Figs & Dark Chocolate
If you feel you would like to discuss improving your nutrient intake, of magnesium or the whole raft of essential nutrients, please get in touch.
Note that not all supplements are the same in quality, delivery or bio-availability.