Magnesium: the relaxer

Why Magnesium?

Almost all of our body’s processes require magnesium in some way.  It helps regulate cell membrane function, works with ATP to produce energy, and activates the following:

·      Protein and carb metabolism

·      Enzymes for energy production

·      Enzymes for glucose to glycogen conversion

Magnesium is vital to heart function, especially energy production and muscle contraction. It also aids in kidney health by preventing stones. Mg aids in muscle function and prevents cramping, and can ease symptoms of PMS. Mg is a relaxer as well; aids with sleep!

Signs You May Be Deficient:

  • Insomnia 
  • Muscle cramps  
  • Fatigue      
  • Migraine
  • Irritability  
  • Constipation     
  • Heart arrhythmias

Where do I find Mg??

  • Buckwheat
  • Leafy greens: spinach, collard greens, parsley, dandelion greens
  • Sea veggies (esp kelp)
  • Avocado
  • Beans and legumes
  • Pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, and Brazil nuts
  • Wheat germ and wheat bran
  • Dried figs, apricots, and dates

Notes on supplementing Mg:

Ideally we want to get all our minerals from diet, but supplementing Mg may be beneficial to those with kidney disease*, PMS, heart problem, or muscle cramps. About 200 mg is a good amount per day, best taken in chelated forms with B6. Look for Mg in citrate, taurate, glycinate, succinate, or malate form. Soaking in a bath with Epson salts is also a great way for the body to absorb this mineral

 *Best form of Mg for those with kidney disease is MgCl