10 Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is more important than you may think
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Magnesium plays a role in the biochemical reactions all over your body. Low levels of magnesium can cause muscle cramps, insomnia, chronic pain and facial tics.

We tend to use up a lot of magnesium when we are under stress. If stress is a concern for you, you may want to add a magnesium supplement to your diet, or consume foods higher in magnesium.

Foods high in magnesium include nuts, seeds, whole grains and dark green vegetables.

There are several different forms of magnesium; some of these include Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide, Magnesium Chloride and Magnesium Lactate.  

Individuals with low magnesium are at risk for diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and issues pertaining to their heart.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of magnesium, you may want to consider visiting your doctor and getting a magnesium test.

Here are some of the many benefits of magnesium.

 

  1. Prevents cardiovascular disease- Magnesium has been associated with lowering the risk of heart disease. Studies have shown that increasing your intake may help reduce the risk of stroke.
  2. Reduces depression- It has been said that magnesium deficiency may cause depression. Magnesium helps relax the nervous system and enhance mood.
  3. Enhance exercise performance- Magnesium helps increase energy by activating ATP (adenosine triphosphate). It helps keep you moving and regulates your energy for increased exercise performance.
  4. Premenstrual syndrome- Studies have shown that individuals experiencing PMS should take magnesium for help relieving symptoms such as insomnia, bloating and weight gain.
  5. Treats insomnia- When an individual is magnesium deficient their sleep hormone melatonin does not work properly. Magnesium helps relieve stress, which should result in a better night sleep.
  6. Helps work against type-2 diabetes- Magnesium helps the body properly regulate sugar metabolism. Individuals with magnesium deficiency have a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes. According to research, “it has been proven that for every 100 milligrams of increase in magnesium daily intake, there was a 15 percent decrease in the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.”
  7. Can help prevent migraines- Magnesium promotes blood circulation and increases neurotransmitter function. According to Dr. Axe, “it can help control migraine headaches by releasing pain-reducing hormones and reducing vasoconstriction, or constriction of the blood vessels that raises blood pressure.” *See: Signs You’re Having a Migraine
  8. Helps with digestion- Magnesium helps to relax muscles, but not only the muscles you worked out at the gym – the muscles within your digestive tract. This in turn helps relieve constipation because it helps move your stool through the intestines.
  9. Relieves tight muscles- Magnesium helps relax and loosen tight muscles. Low levels may result in pain and tightness.
  10. Healthy bones- Magnesium helps with the assimilation of calcium into the bone. Therefore, it is essential for bone formation and density.

 

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