Magnesium - The Master Mineral

Magnesium is an essential mineral required for human health. It is involved in a wide range of biological functions including energy production, protein synthesis, electrolyte balance, maintenance of cell membrane integrity, regulation of muscle contraction, nerve conduction and vascular tone.

 

Magnesium deficiency is common in active people and manifests in many different ways. Some of the most common presenting symptoms being fatigue, muscular cramping and pains, muscular weakness, headaches, insomnia, stress and mood disturbances.

 

Signs of magnesium deficiency

 ·      Muscle cramps, spasms and weakness, trembling,

 ·      Depression, irritability, impaired concentration, brain fog

 ·      Insomnia, tiredness

 ·      Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting

 ·      Water retention

 ·      Hypertension, increased risk of arrhythmias

 ·      Low blood Calcium and Potassium levels

 ·      Increased blood triglycerides and cholesterol

 

MAGNESIUM RICH FOODS

 

Nuts/Seeds: Almond, Brazil, Cashew, Hazelnut, Pecan, Peanuts, Pine, Pecan, Pistachio, Walnut, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds Tahini

Spinach, Kale, Cabbage, Rocket, Parsley

Avocado
Cacao
Chilli powder
Curry powder
Mustard powder
Dried fruit: Apple, apricot, currant, dates, figs, sultana, prunes
Fruit: Passionfruit, Banana, Blackberry, Raspberry
Legumes

 

With magnesium intake declining (due largely to food processing) many people do not meet their requirements through diet alone, indicating the need for supplementation.

 

Different forms of magnesium have varying bioavailability and absorption, as well as unique benefits dependent on the substrate they are bound to.

 

The binding of magnesium to an amino acid allows the mineral to be absorbed like an amino acid, resulting in faster and more efficient absorption. For this reason, the problems of poor absorption and gastrointestinal irritability encountered with many magnesium supplements may be overcome by using the glycinated (type of amino acid) chelate form, the most bioavailable form.

 

If you feel you may benefit from extra magnesium, then ensure you are eating good amounts from a variety of sources every day. If you think you may be deficient in this essential nutrient, then a good quality supplement will help to replenish stores sooner. We highly recommend and stock the Bioceuticals range of Magnesium. They have various formulations developed for different needs.

 

Feel free to talk to us about an appropriate magnesium rich formula suitable for you.