March 08, 2020 3 min read
Magnesium is very underrated. It plays such a critical role in the body being that it’s one of the 24 essential vitamins and minerals. Having a magnesium deficiency can throw many of the body’s functions into disarray, which can increase the risk for developing chronic health problems.
Healthy magnesium levels protect metabolic health, stabilize mood, keep stress in check, promote better sleep, and contribute to heart and bone health. I don’t want to bore you with the details so I’ll just say this, magnesium is involved in more than 300 different enzyme-related reactions in the body’s cells. That should give you a good idea of just how important magnesium is to the human body.
And to no-one’s surprise, studies show that magnesium deficiency is common among adults. Estimates suggest nearly half of adult men and women in America aren’t getting enough magnesium!
Let’s take a nose dive into the health benefits.
May Help with Insomnia
Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep and may wake up numerous times throughout the night. Having optimal magnesium levels means being able to have a much deeper, enriching sleep. Or as urban dictionary has dubbed it; having sleep that is sleepalicious.
Magnesium plays a role in supporting deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep. Research indicates supplemental magnesium can improve sleep quality, especially in people with poor sleep. Magnesium can also help insomnia that’s linked to the sleep disorder restless-leg syndrome.
May Help Reduce Stress & Stabilize Mood
Magnesium increases GABA, which encourages relaxation as well as sleep. Low GABA levels in the body can make it difficult to relax. Magnesium also plays a key role in regulating the body’s stress-response system. Magnesium deficiency is associated with heightened stress and anxiety. Recent research indicates that magnesium deficiency can negatively affect gut health and is linked to anxiety behaviors.
Supplementing with magnesium has shown to have a stabilizing effect on mood. This essential mineral has been demonstrated effective in relieving symptoms of both mild-to-moderate anxiety and mild-to-moderate depression.
Helps Maintain Bone Density
Magnesium is essential when it comes to bone formation and maintaining bone density. It helps the body effectively use the building blocks of strong bones, including the nutrients calcium and Vitamin D. The role of magnesium to bone health becomes increasingly clear with age. Higher magnesium intake is linked to greater bone density in older men and women. In postmenopausal women, magnesium has been shown to improve bone mass.
May Help Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Magnesium plays an important part in regulating blood sugar and in metabolizing glucose in the body. Higher magnesium levels are associated with lower risk for type 2 diabetes. Low magnesium levels in the body are linked to insulin resistance.
Research shows supplemental magnesium can improve insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes who have a magnesium deficiency.
May Reduce ADHD Symptoms
Research indicates children with ADHD often have low magnesium levels, at significantly higher rates than children in the general population. Low magnesium in children has been linked to impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactive behavior. Studies suggest supplemental magnesium may reduce hyperactivity and improve cognitive function in children with ADHD.
The recommended daily allowance for magnesium for adults is 310 – 420 mg depending on age and gender.
Magnesium is generally well tolerated by healthy adults. Possible side effects include bloating, diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that holds the key to helping your body run effectively both while awake & asleep. Not getting quality sleep? This might have been the culprit the whole time! Not one to jump to conclusions, but it was the culprit in the case of my insomnia! After my magnesium deficiency was fixed by supplementation, my insomnia went away. If only someone had told me sooner...
If you find you’re not getting enough from your diet, we offer a magnesium lotion (with melatonin) at our store. It might help with your restless nights!
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