Over the years I have grown to really value the important roles magnesium has in the body. I have seen it help many of my family members and friends with many different needs from muscle cramping to anxiety. For this post we will follow the same format we used for the top 20 reasons we love supplements. This list will continue to grow with interesting tidbits that might be helpful to you as we remember to add things, or learn new facts.
As with all of our posts, we are not “making claims” and we are actually speaking in broad, sweeping statments just to peak your interest. Please always do your own research, check with you qualified health professional, and add to our list by leaving comments at the bottom of the post. So, here we go in no particular order.
1. More studies than you might think connect magnesium deficiency to insulin resistance.
2. Sugar requires a lot of magnesium to get processed so, high sugar intake = high magnesium uptake = easy way to get depleted if ongoing.
3. The Adrenals, B Vitamins, and Magnesium, are all interconnected.
4. 1/3 of school age children do not get the daily recommended amount of magnesium.
5. 60 genes, closely related to obesity, will get regulated when bringing the body to optimal stores through magnesium supplementation.
6. Magnesium is considered water soluble. Magnesium can be held in the blood by adrenaline hormone. Another reason our needs today may be greater is that, as a society, we are “running on adrenaline” and using it up. If the magnesium can’t be held, this precious mineral is dumped.
7. As a supplement, Oxide and Citrate will more likely have a laxative effect, Glycinate or Ionized less likely. 150-300 mgs per day is a good place to start. You know you are getting the right dose for you when you have reached “bowel tolerance”. You will have loose stools at the amount that your body can’t absorb any more at once.
8. Magnesium has a competitive spirit in a positive way when it comes to calcium absorption. It ensures that Calcium gets absorbed into all the right places – inside teeth and bones, not in soft tissues like kidney and gallbladder, or on top of bones and joints. Do you have calcification? Then ask your friend magnesium for help!
9. Foods high in Magnesium (if organically grown): Spinach, Watercress, Avocados, Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Green Cabbage, Bananas, Kiwi, Blackberries, Strawberries, Oranges, Raisins, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Peanuts, Macadamias, Pistachios, Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower and Poppy Seeds, Oatmeal, Bran, Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Barley, Quinoa, Beans, Dark Chocolate.
10. You can also purchase magnesium oil for topical use, as well as good ol Epsom Salt – a great excuse for a relaxing bath!
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