Our bodies are comprised of a wide range of different elements and minerals, one of these being magnesium.
As well as being naturally present in the body, magnesium is also found in a variety of foods, medicines and supplements and has been shown to boost health in a number of different ways.
If you're suffering from muscle tension and stress, difficulty sleeping, cramps, and other issues then magnesium may be the ideal solution to help you get back to better health.
All about magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral that can typically be found in quite large amounts in the human body (approximately 25g), with about half of this located in the bones.
It’s essential for many chemical processes in the body, as it is required for over 300 enzyme reactions to take place – including those that produce protein synthesis, blood pressure regulation and muscle and nerve function.
Magnesium also plays a key role in the energy production process within our cells, and it has been used to treat problems around the heart and blood vessels, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and migraines.
Where can I get magnesium from?
Magnesium is found naturally within the body, but it is also present in a wide range of everyday plant and animal foods. Your best bet for food sources are green leafy vegetables, legumes (such as beans, lentils and peas), nuts, seeds and whole grains and other foods rich in fibre.
If you’re looking to boost your intake of this essential mineral, you can snack on almonds, cashews and peanuts, which all contain relatively high amounts of magnesium.
There might be something to that Popeye cartoon as well, with spinach being another rich source of magnesium.
According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the recommended dietary allowance for magnesium is 400mg for males aged between 19 and 30, and 310mg for females. This is the minimum level of intake needed each day to meet the average nutrient requirements for our bodies.
Eating a varied, nutritious diet with plenty of magnesium-rich foods should help you absorb a sufficient amount of the mineral to help support healthy body functions.
However, if your diet is lacking in these types of foods you may start to experience some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
The early signs of a deficiency will present as a loss of appetite, vomiting, feelings of nausea, weakness and fatigue.
If the deficiency is allowed to progress, the symptoms become worse and you may experience numbness, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms and more. There are also certain groups of people that are more susceptible to magnesium deficiency, such as those with gastrointestinal diseases, Type 2 diabetes and alcohol dependency.
Taking magnesium supplements
A varied diet can help to boost your magnesium intake naturally, but if your levels are low then a supplement can help deliver your body the benefits of this vital mineral.
One of the issues that magnesium can prove to be particularly effective for is sleep problems and muscle aches.
Magnesium helps in muscle relaxation and the deactivation of adrenaline, the hormone that keeps your body on high alert during situations of stress.
The secret lies in the GABA receptors in the brain and nervous system, a neurotransmitter that works to inhibit nerve cells and reduce the activity of neurons – helping your brain to “switch off” and aiding in relaxation. Magnesium is essential for GABA receptors to function and as such, can play a role in improved sleep.
Good Health Magnesium Ultra is a high strength, easily absorbable form of magnesium, with added vitamins. It is fast acting and effective for relaxing muscle tension and tightness, soothing nervous tension and stress, and assisting in supporting sleep and is available for secure order from our online shop.
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