Magnesium is a mineral that is needed for over 300 enzymatic processes in the body to ensure the body runs properly. It is a macro mineral meaning the body needs it in large quantities.
This mineral plays a great role in health. Magnesium is especially important to heart health.
7 warning signs that you need to supplement with magnesium:
- 1. High blood pressure
- Magnesium helps to prevent high blood pressure. Magnesium deficiencies have been linked to hypertension and an increased risk for heart disease. This mighty mineral helps to relax blood vessels, dilate them and thus reduce blood pressure.
- 2. Irregular heart beat
- Heart arrhythmias cause irregular heartbeats that can be too fast, too slow or irregular. Magnesium is needed to help your heart beat in a normal rhythm. Individuals with heart palpitations often have either inadequate or deficient levels of magnesium.
- 3. Atherosclerosis
- Magnesium is a known calcium antagonist, which means that it interferes with or inhibits calcium action. This process is protective against atherosclerosis. Adequate levels of magnesium help to prevent calcium deposition in the heart (calcium makes up atherosclerotic plaques), lower inflammation (a risk factor for atherosclerosis) and keep blood vessels elastic (thereby preventing blockages) (Source). Magnesium supplementation in hyperlipidemic patients has shown significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and apoB levels (Source).
- 4. Muscle cramps
- One of the most common signs of a magnesium deficiency is muscle cramps. Muscle twitches and tremors are also signs. Healthy muscles (ones that contract and relax correctly) depend on adequate levels of magnesium and other minerals inside muscle cells.
- 5. Type 2 Diabetes
- Magnesium is needed for blood sugar regulation. It ensures insulin works properly, improves insulin sensitivity and stimulates uptake of glucose into cells. Low intra-cellular and extracellular magnesium levels are significantly associated with Type 2 Diabetes (Source).
- 6. Mood disorders
- Magnesium plays a role in boosting mood and could benefit anxiety and depression cases. Low levels are related to an increased risk for depression. Magnesium is a mineral that plays key roles in regulating brain function and mood. Research has shown that supplementing with magnesium improves symptoms of depression (Source).
- 7. Osteoporosis
- Magnesium is needed for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis. Magnesium helps the body regulate calcium and other minerals. It also aids in activation of vitamin D, a key nutrient for bones, in the kidneys. Adequate levels of magnesium are associated with greater bone density.
- Low magnesium is also linked to erectile dysfunction.
Who is at risk for inadequate or deficient levels of magnesium?
- Individuals with malabsorption disorders like Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome
- Individuals with kidney disease that could cause increased excretion of magnesium
- Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes due to excessive urinary excretion
- Individuals with an inadequate dietary intake of magnesium
- Chronic alcoholics
- Elderly individuals due to decreased absorption of nutrients in gut and other factors
How do I know if I have inadequate or deficient magnesium levels?
A magnesium inadequacy or deficiency can be treated with a magnesium supplement and proper Paleo diet rich in magnesium.
We recommend our Magne 5 supplement. This supplement contains five, highly absorbable different forms of magnesium to support health.
Take 2-3 caps daily at least an hour after a meal, or as directed by your physician.
Taking Magne 5 helps to boost energy, support heart function, calm anxiety, promote sleep, aid in cognition and relieve constipation.
Magnesium supplements can interact with medications so be sure to check with your doctor before adding to your health regimen.
How do I supplement?
Get your magnesium levels checked with the best micronutrient testing in the world. This micronutrient test analyzes the level of micronutrients (like magnesium) that are in your blood and also the level in your cells (where these nutrients belong).
Interestingly, only 1% of magnesium is stored in your blood. This is why conventional nutrition testing is not a reliable method of deficiency detection. Your body pulls magnesium out of bones and teeth to maintain blood levels. The more accurate test is intracellular, and it’s what we do.
If you think you could have a deficiency, it’s important to get your blood and cellular levels measured.
Health benefits of magnesium:
- Reduces blood pressure and relaxes blood vessels
- Regulates heart rate
- Proper formation of bones and teeth
- Aids in blood sugar regulation
- Needed for muscle and nerve function
- Helps to synthesize DNA and RNA
- Lowers inflammation
- Assists in creating glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant
- Required for functioning of hundreds of enzymes