Know anything about magnesium?
Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body. It is imperative for energy production within cells. It is also essential for optimal cell function. It has the ability to block the entry of calcium into blood, muscle and heart cells, allowing body cells to function more efficiently; and this is how magnesium relaxes muscles and relieves pain.
It, thus drives energy into body systems, and stabilises sodium, potassium and calcium movement in the body. Magnesium essentially stabilises muscular and nervous systems in the body, allowing them to function efficiently.
The Benefits we get from Magnesium
- It supports thyroid function by converting inactive T4 to its active T3.
- It helps convert tryptophan into mood boosting serotonin.
- Essential for the production of hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
- It helps regulate blood pressure and metabolic function.
- It supports bone health.
- It also supports sleep quality.
- It helps metabolise vitamin D.
- Increases GABA, a neurotransmitter that reduces stress and anxiety.
- It Regulates blood sugar levels.
Deficiency Signs and Symptoms
- Sugar cravings
- Muscle spasms
- Mood swings
- Irregular heartbeat
- Insulin resistance
- Chronic fatigue
- Restless legs
- Swiss chard
- Sunflower seeds
NOT all forms of magnesium are created equally…
- Glycinate – contains the amino acid glycine which is great for pain, insomnia, anxiety and stress.
- Citrate – very easily absorbed but can cause loose bowel motions if you take too much.
Magnesium chloride is the best form to be absorbed trans-dermally.
One thing to take note: Oxide is poorly absorbed form of magnesium. It’s only helpful if you are severely constipated.
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