Magnesium is one of my fav nutrients, it is like the handyman that fixes most of the dramas in our house. Not only does it sooth cramping muscles and help with anxious feelings, it also helps perimenopausal symptoms, thyroid problems, and PMS. It can be used to relieve migraines (read natural treatment for headaches), improve energy, balance out your calcium levels, regulate body temperature and vasodilation of blood vessels.
This isn’t even the whole list either, it is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in your system, it truly is a super nutrient.
Magnesium is a mineral that’s vital to our body’s operation
It aids in keeping the heart rhythm stable, keep our bones strong, and blood pressure normal. Magnesium can aid in battling diseases such as hereditary heart diseases, clogged arteries, stroke, diabetes, and more.
Consuming foods that are generally high in fiber will help you get more magnesium. Foods that have high contents of fiber generally have great amounts of magnesium too. Foods like seeds, legumes, broccoli, green leafy vegetables and more, are jam-packed with magnesium. My preferred Mg rich foods include; bananas, cacao and almonds - all easy to whip up together in a smoothie.
Why everyone should have Magnesium?
Is that really a question I need to answer after all I have shared 🙂
What is concerning is that 49% of our population is deficient in this power punch mineral. Being deficient can lead to diabetes, an increased risk factor of getting osteoporosis, or even certain cancers.
However, too much of anything will lead to disastrous results too, it is always about the Goldilocks effect. Magnesium overdose often leads to hypermagnesemia, which is what experts call when there’s too much magnesium in a person’s blood. This leads to chronic health conditions like chronic kidney diseases, which would need extensive dialysis.
The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for Mg is 350mg per day.
Want to know how it works in our body?
- Stabilises Insulin Levels and Minimises Blood Sugar – Magnesium is efficient at enhancing insulin sensitivity. As a side effect, blood sugar levels are minimized, since a healthy insulin sensitivity reduces the amount of sugar cravings that someone gets.
- Creates Hormones – What’s a good hormone rescuer? Well, one that helps make steroid hormones. This includes testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Magnesium has also been shown to lessen instances of hot flushes by 50%.
- Supports Thyroid Glands – Thyroid glands are important because they’re the ones responsible for releasing hormones that regulate growth and development via a person’s metabolism rate. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory organ, which aids in quietening down the autoimmune inflammation that takes place when someone has a thyroid disease. Magnesium is one of the most important minerals involved in the healthy production of thyroid hormone, helping the thyroid glands secrete these important hormones that our bodies need.
You wouldn’t want to know what happens when you live an imbalanced life, would you? That’s why magnesium is here to make sure that never happens. Not only is it an important mineral that provides health benefits, but it also rescues our hormones, which are one of the most important aspect of ourselves. They are a piece of who we really are, and fortunately, magnesium is there to rescue them!