Magnesium: The Miracle Mineral
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word magnesium?
I bet it’s got something to do with muscles and cramps, right?
Well, you’re right. Without magnesium our muscles would be in a constant state of contraction and tightness.
However, there are so many more benefits of magnesium that I never knew about until I started researching for this blog topic, so I thought I’d share some of the lesser known benefits of this amazing mineral
What Is Magnesium?
But first of all, what is magnesium?
Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral that is required by almost every organ, cell and tissue of our body to function at its optimal level. Magnesium is the second most abundant element within the body’s cells, it serves literally hundreds of functions.
As well as muscle recovery, magnesium also affects your nerve function, blood pressure, bone health, cardiac activity and your hormones. Other benefits of magnesium include:
Stress Relief: Magnesium is an essential dietary mineral that is so good for anxiety and stress that it’s been called “nature’s Valium” and “the original chill pill.” The magnesium levels in our bodies are much lower when we are stressed. Magnesium increases serotonin levels in our bodies which helps to bring calmness and relief of anxious feelings
Increased Energy magnesium is a required component in the production of ATP which is a co-enzyme that is responsible for transporting energy within our cells for metabolism. Those with low magnesium tend to tire more easily.
Better Sleep Magnesium may influence some of the processes that promote sleep by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, the system responsible for getting you calm and relaxed.
Reduces Risk of Depression Magnesium affects many of the biological processes involved in regulating our moods and low levels of magnesium have been linked to a greater risk of developing depression.
Lowers Blood Pressure Magnesium may help to reduce blood pressure in people who suffer from hypertension.
How To Use Magnesium
There are many ways to add magnesium into your diet and daily routine.
Did you know that our bodies only absorb between 20-50% of the magnesium that we ingest either through diet or supplements?
Research shows that the most effective method for absorbing magnesium is through topical application. It is quickly absorbed into the body and is an easy way to make sure you are getting the full benefits.
What Type Of Magnesium Should You Use?
There are so many varieties of magnesium to choose from that it can be overwhelming to know which one is best.
Over the last few years I've tested out quite a few different magnesium products, some which are great, some not so great. Below are some of the magnesium products that I like and promote to my clients
Eco.Aroma's Magnesium infused with essentials oils is an fantastic way to target sore and stiff muscles and joints, especially after a workout or manual labor. The added benefit is that it has essential oils of black pepper, pink grapefruit, thyme and marjoram which all help to promote muscle relaxation and circulation.
If you prefer pure magnesium then this convenient spray bottle is a great choice. Certified organic magnesium sourced from Western Australia. It can be used as a daily treatment for muscle spasms, stiff joints and headaches.
Ancient Miinerals, ‘What Is Magnesium? How It Functions In The Body’ http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-benefits/what-is-function/
Healthline, ‘How Magnesium Can Help You Sleep’
DrAxe, 'Should You Be Taking Magnesium Supplements?' https://draxe.com/magnesium-supplements/
Biome, 2017, '5 Ways To Treat Sore Joints, Achy Muscles & Dry Chapped Skin Naturally' https://www.biome.com.au/blog/5-ways-to-treat-sore-joints-aching-muscles-dry-skin-naturally/
The Holistic Ingredient, 'The Power of Magnesium and Why You Need It In Your Life' https://www.theholisticingredient.com/blogs/wholesome-living/the-power-of-magnesium-and-why-you-need-it-in-your-life
EcoAroma, The Many Benefits of Magnesium' http://blog.ecoaroma.com.au/2017/the-many-benefits-of-magnesium/