Magnesium for Vital Health
Magnesium is a mineral that is vital to human health. It performs so many functions in the body and helps to make related processes more efficient while ensuring that enzymatic reactions can take place.
Without magnesium, we would soon face serious illness and experience significant deterioration in thought and function.
In particular, without magnesium you wouldn’t be able to convert stored calories into glucose – the fuel your body ‘burns’ while engaged in any activity.
Whether it is converting fat into energy, or energy into muscle tissue, or simply performing normal maintenance and injury repair on bones and teeth, magnesium is working for you 24/7.
Magnesium: Alkaline earth metal. A typical adult male body contains 25 grams of magnesium in total — of which 50% is found in the bones and teeth, 49% is devoted to muscle cells, and the remaining 1% is at work in your bloodstream (National Institutes of Health)
What Happens if I Don’t Get Enough Magnesium?
A sure sign of magnesium deficiency is muscle soreness, muscle fatigue, cramps, persistent back pain or muscle spasms. You can read more about magnesium and muscle cramps here.
Problems with blood clotting and blood pressure regulation can also be caused by low magnesium levels, and more difficult to diagnose are the thinner bones and weaker teeth of magnesium-deficient persons.
Low levels of this important mineral can also cause listlessness, weakness, nausea, numbness, tingling, vomiting, seizures, even personality changes can occur.
Pleasant Ways to Add Magnesium to Your Diet
Hippocrates (460-377 BC) the founding father of modern medicine said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”
Fortunately, many wholesome and healthy foods contribute magnesium to our diet, but only when we remember to pick them up at the grocery store.
Almonds, avocado, banana, black beans, chard, dark chocolate, figs, pumpkin seeds, spinach and yogurt are your best bets, although all dark green, leafy vegetables offer magnesium.
Magnesium Supplements – Made for Busy People Like You
For people-on-the-go who feel they might not be getting enough magnesium, tablets are available in various strengths.
Keep in mind that several different types of magnesium supplements are available, with magnesium oxide, gluconate, sulphate, chloride, aspartate, malate and citrate forms absorbed by the body at differing rates. Oxide, gluconate and sulphate are somewhat difficult for the body to metabolize, while citrate is easily absorbed.
“The recommended dietary allowance for magnesium is 400 mg for adult males and 310 mg for females. However, based on results of large dietary surveys, it is clear that most North Americans should consider increasing dietary intake and/or supplementation. Nutritionally oriented doctors often recommend up to 400 to 600 mg of supplemental magnesium in divided doses. However, the higher the dose, the less absorption takes place. Research indicates that only 12 percent of a 1,000 mg dose will be absorbed, compared to 70 percent of a 30 mg dose.” – Alive.com
The one takeaway here is this. Almost everything in the human body works better when the body is receiving enough of this ultra-important mineral. Whatever effort you expend to get enough magnesium, your body will thank you!
Dr. Ian Deitch (Chiropractor)