Magnesium, a vital mineral we cannot be without
Updated: Jan 24
A magnesium-rich body will be stronger, more flexible and better able to resist both physical and emotional stress. Magnesium is crucial for healthy bones as it makes up part of the skeleton’s framework. Its presence in every one of our body’s cells is essential, as it is responsible for over 300 different actions in the body.
So, let us look at some of the roles magnesium plays.
Mood, Relaxation and sleep
Hormones such as serotonin and melatonin are regulated by magnesium, which are key for boosting your mood and helping with sleep. Adversely, low levels of this crucial mineral can leave you feeling down and irritable. Magnesium is needed by the body to maintain a state of complete rest and is an important factor in how the body manages its sleep cycle.
Muscle Tension and Muscle spasms
Magnesium is necessary for proper muscle function. It works with other essential minerals in your body to keep the muscles loose and flexible. It helps lessen the build-up of lactic acid and enables your muscles to get the oxygen they need.
Feel more energised
Magnesium helps to create the energy we need by activating ATP which is the fundamental unit of energy within the body. It improves exercise tolerance, whilst reducing the stress response to exertion.
How do we get this essential mineral?
Getting enough essential magnesium through diet alone can be difficult, especially if following a restricted or specialist diet. Processed fats, refined sugars, salt, synthetic sweeteners and caffeine hinders your body’s ability to absorb magnesium. Spinach, avocados, almonds, beans and brown rice are some of the Magnesium rich foods you need to include in your diet daily.
However more people are opting for taking supplements to ensure optimal intake of Magnesium and other important nutrients, as sadly, modern farming practices have shown a great decline in nutrients normally found in food.
A fast and effective way of absorbing Magnesium is transdermal (through the skin). This is especially good for those with digestive issues that may hinder the proper absorption of this important mineral. Check out BetterYou® transdermal Magnesium range here.
Further reading on the effective way of transdermal magnesium here.
Written by Helga Tonna
Helga Tonna is the Marketing Executive of MK Pharma. She has a special interest in nutritional health having worked in the sector for over 12 years.