Are you missing out on Magnesium?

Supplementation is a minefield right?

Walking down the vitamin aisle in health stores with different brands and supplements popping out at you each promising different advantages. Many of these have conflicting messages.

I can here you say “cant we get all the vitamins and minerals that we need from food”. We can but however, with increasingly busy lives and food that is LESS nutrient rich than it was in the past we need certain supplementation within our everyday diet. Remember these are ‘supplements’ meaning to supplement along side a balanced diet, not in replace of a balanced diet.

Magnesium is my topic of choice today. I may sound like I’m preaching to you but I believe adding a magnesium supplement to your diet is one of the best, easiest thing you could do to improve your health today.

Magnesium regulates over 300 enzyme functions in our body, affecting our electrolyte balance, metabolism and many other biochemical reactions. Having sufficient magnesium levels can help our health in many ways, including better sleep, increased energy, improved mood, reduced muscle soreness after exercise, improved performance under stress, and stronger bones.

It has been known to help repair and help prevent complaints including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, period pain, chronic pain, asthma, migraines, and constipation. And that’s not even going into detail.

Our bodies cannot manufacture magnesium so we need to continually supply it to the body. Unfortunately, like many other, modern lifestyles often deplete magnesium stores faster than they are replenished. Coffee, alcohol, black tea, soy, and many prescription drugs are all culprits. You can get magnesium through food; good food sources of magnesium include dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds.

I personally take a magnesium supplement each morning in powder form.

If you choose to supplement with magnesium, look for Magnesium Glycinate. This form provides the highest absorption and bioavailability. Many cheaper brands with offer a poor form of magnesium due to its abortion rate hence the price. You may come across Magnesium Oxidate, which is the cheapest form, but your body will only absorb about 4%.

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