Magnesium has many health benefits and plays a vital role in many bodily functions, yet it gets almost no press compared to its more high-profile companions: iron and calcium.
Getting enough magnesium is not only essential for everyday physiological functioning but also critical in the prevention of numerous health conditions. However, many people are deficient in this essential mineral, as a result many do not even realise that their low mood, muscle cramps and spasms, fatigue and high blood pressure may be linked to low magnesium levels.
Some health benefits associated with magnesium include:
Improved Heart Health
Research suggests that magnesium helps maintain blood pressure. The mineral helps to prevent blood vessels from constricting, which can increase blood pressure and has been shown to improve blood flow, for example
Magnesium and calcium work together to keep your bones strong and healthy. Getting enough magnesium into your diet could help maintain musculoskeletal health as you age and even prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures.
Improved Sleep Patterns
Magnesium is known to have a calming effect for many people which may help improve sleep. This could have substantial health benefits given that the body repairs itself while we sleep. Research also shows that people suffering with restless leg syndrome, which primarily strikes while people sleep, may benefit from taking a low dose magnesium supplement before to going to bed.
A heavily studied benefit of magnesium is the relationship between magnesium and migraines. Some people suffering with migraine headaches have found that supplemented doses of magnesium can alleviate their symptoms.
As with zinc and vitamin D, magnesium may affect your mood hormonally. Low magnesium is associated with low testosterone which in turn is linked to low mood in both men and women, especially during the menopause and andropause.
The good news is that you can boost your magnesium levels through your diet. Some magnesium rich foods include:
- Nuts and seeds – including nut butters
- Fish – especially salmon and mackerel
- Kefir – our favourite is from Cowdray-based Susana & Daughters
- Plant-based milks
- Beans and legumes
- Dark chocolate
- Whole grains
Alternatively, you may benefit from a low dose supplement after consultation with your health provider.
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