We continue our journey through the minerals. There are a number of minerals and we have chosen to feature the most important ones. Magnesium is a major mineral that we have talked about regularly throughout our blogs.
Minerals are inorganic substances that are found in rocks and mineral ore. Obviously our bodies cannot produce inorganic substances so it is through diet and supplements that we acquire these important nutrients. Minerals are important partners to vitamins supporting all the vital functions of our bodies.
Minerals like vitamins very often depleted from the body by processing, refining and cooking methods. Only a few nutrients are replaced in the soil which means many nutrients are missing from our food too.
Uses of Magnesium
The EFSA accredit magnesium as contributing to:
- A reduction of tiredness and fatigue
- Normal energy yielding metabolism
- Normal functioning of the immune system
- Normal muscle function
- Maintenance of normal bones and teeth
- Normal psychological function
Best Food Sources of Magnesium
Who needs Magnesium?
Many of us need magnesium because it is so depleted in our diets through food processing and poor soil.
People who need magnesium...
- will be tired and not sleeping well. The use of magnesium can transform sleep routines for many people.
- will complain of not having enough energy – obviously getting enough sleep is an obvious boost. Magnesium goes further than that it supports the creation of energy too.
- are stressed and anxious. We have talked repeatedly about the incredible partnership of magnesium and B complex. These two supplements can help anyone experiencing stress to get control of their lives again.
- may experience muscle aches and pains and this can include restless legs and cramps.
Magnesium can be very beneficial for anyone with these symptoms
- People who are suffering with poor digestion. Magnesium with its ability to relax muscles acts within the digestive tract to help you pass stools regularly and comfortably.
- People who may be experiencing menopause symptoms from poor sleep, lack of energy or hot flushes. Magnesium has transformed some women’s lives.
Signs of Deficiency
If you are lacking magnesium you may suffer:
- Poor appetite
- Nerve problems
- Muscle weakness / tremors / spasms
- Irregular heartbeat
How can I get enough Magnesium?
As we explain regularly, nutrients are often missing from the soil and so it is hard for us to absorb from food. In the case of magnesium what is left is further depleted by food processing methods.
Given how important magnesium is to our bodies we recommend a supplement of magnesium if you feel concerned you may be deficient.
This vital mineral works mainly with:
Calcium, Vitamin D and K2. These nutrients have a synergistic relationship with magnesium and enhance its performance within our bodies.
If you are taking Calcium then you should take a Magnesium supplement too. These minerals need to be balanced or there can be a shortage within the body.
Often formulas will come with Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D and K2.
As already mentioned B Complex is a complementary partner to magnesium.
B Complex supports your nerves whilst Magnesium helps your body relax. Both help with tiredness and fatigue. This dynamic duo have helped masses of people stay cool, calm and collected!
Contraindications – Please be careful if you are taking
A muscle relaxant, blood pressure or antibiotic medications.
In SOME cases there could be a conflict between the medication and the magnesium. Please check with your Doctor before you embark on a course of supplements.
Types of Magnesium
Citrate – a quick acting version because it goes straight into the bloodstream. Ideal for cramps and restless legs. Suggest if customer has a sensitive tummy
Bio – a slow release version but it stays in the body longer so better for long term use such as stress, menopause and sleep. Some people with a sensitive tummy may get a reaction to this so use Citrate instead
Asporotate – a combination of citrate and orotate
Orotate – used specifically for the benefits to the heart
Ascorbate - provides magnesium and vitamin C
These forms are provided within supplements
Magnesium oil is also popular because it is sprayed onto the body and absorbed through the skin – no pill to take
Magnesium flakes can be used in the bath to absorb through the skin whilst relaxing and soothing those aching muscles
Sadly, we will repeat this statement throughout this series of blogs. The nutrients in our modern diet do not compare to those of our ancestors. In previous times, our ancestors ate approximatley 20 times more nutrients than we do today.
The ancestral diet was comprised berries, fruits and other vegetables. Today, we eat processed ready meals that lack the nutrient content our bodies need. In addition, the intensive farming of our land means that nutrients are vastly depleted from the soil. It is going to take a long time to recover this situation. The processing of our food removes even more nutrients.
This means we are exposed to a nutrient deficiency. We simply do not get the nutrients we need to thrive in this modern world. It is our aim for our customers that they do not just survive but achieve optimal health. In our opinion, it is extremely difficult to achieve this without the help of supplements.