Magnesium is involved in at least 300 essential biochemical reactions in the body and a lot of us are often deficient in this crucial mineral without even knowing it!
Hitting the weights actually increases magnesium needs in the body so if you weight train you may want to think about adding some of this stuff to your daily routine!
A few symptoms of a deficiency include constipation, fatigue, irritability, insomnia, muscle tremors, twitching and poor mental function.
Here are 5 reasons you should pay close attention to this mineral!
Magnesium has a calming anti-stress effect on the nervous system and if you’re deficient it will make your heart and sympathetic nervous system work harder than necessary! Reduced stressors on the body equates to a better more restful sleep!
Better Brain Function:
Mag has been shown to increase brain function via improving brain electrical activity as well as regulating neurotransmitter release of chemicals like serotonin; therefore it’s smart to supplement with magnesium!
Magnesium increases insulin sensitivity in the body by helping your body handle the carbohydrates you consume! Better insulin sensitivity means a leaner, healthier you!
Take magnesium to help reduce your cortisol (stress) output and help you live a more stress free relaxed life! I don’t know anyone who couldn’t benefit from a little less stress in his or her day!
Magnesium deficiency can result in constipation and digestive distress so increasing your intake to adequate levels can help get your GI (gastrointestinal) tract get back on the right track!
I personally take about 500mg of magnesium on a daily basis before bed. It can make you feel a little drowsy so save it for the nighttime when you’re winding down!
As a side note I’ve had a lot of success with my clients and managing symptoms of PMS, cramps and menopause. Magnesium works wonders to help alleviate the not so fun stuff that tends to accompany a woman’s period.
The best forms are anything that ends in ‘ate’; magnesium citrate is my personal favorite. Avoid cheap magnesium oxide due to its poor absorption rate!