The importance of Magnesium

The importance of Magnesium Share

This mineral needs a lot of attention in this modern life we are living in.
There are lots of reasons why I decided to write about this amazing mineral. I have been reading a great book ‘The Magnesium Miracle’ and since then I have been noticing many people who could benefit from supplementing or increasing dietary intake of Mg rich foods.
Magnesium is involved in hundreds enzymatic reactions in the body, over 600 different processes,(i) which says itself that the body cannot function well without it. Approximately 60% of Mg is in the bone, 26% in the muscle and the remainder in soft tissue and body fluids. Tissue with the highest Mg level are the most metabolically active: heart, liver, brain, kidneys.(ii)
I cannot possibly name all the Functions but there are a few that everyone should be aware of: (iii)
– It acts as a ‘body’s tranquiliser’. Your body needs it to relax. It has a calming and dilating effect on the muscles.
– It is involved in making ATP – the energy made in every cell.
– Mg is involved in detoxification of toxic substances as well as heavy metals.
– It elevates moods, as serotonin ‘the happy hormone’, depends on Mg for its production and function.
– It is necessary in insulin production and secretion.
– It is important for our heart.
– It helps with insomnia.
– It maintain healthy bones and teeth.
And lots more…

When to think to supplement with Magnesium?
Magnesium is lost during physical, mental and emotional STRESS.
Certain medication e.g. painkillers depletes its body stores.
Mg is lost during sweating. Therefore if you do exercise where you sweat a lot, it’s a good idea to have an electrolyte drink afterwards.
Mg is also lost through urination. Consuming lots of caffeine, alcohol and other diuretic drinks can leave you with low levels.

Nowadays there is a big debate about mineral stores in the soils where our crops are grown, and unfortunately it doesn’t look good. Lots of soils are mineral depleted. That’s why it is important that farmers rotate the crops as well as stop using as many herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers which have a negative effect on our soils as well as the vegetables grown in it.(iv)

My advice is to include as much Mg rich foods as possible, preferably organic. Enjoy an Epsom salt bath a couple of times a week, drink mineral water, use sea salt and reduce unnecessary things that deplete magnesium.
If you think you are in need of supplementing Mg it is advisable to discuss it further with a health practitioner.

Magnesium rich foods (v)
• Green leafy vegetable
• Cocoa
• Wholegrains
• Legumes: lentils, chickpea, beans
• Quinoa
• Seeds: sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds
• Nuts: cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts, pecan
• Eggs
• Avocado
• Barley
• Mineral water
• Molasses
• Bananas
• Tofu
I hope this gives you some in-site into helping with some aches and pains and balancing some stress levels.
All the best
i. Dean, C. 2017. The Magnesium Miracle. 2nd edn. Ballantine Books. New York. P xxi
ii. Murray, M. T. 2001. Encyclopedia of nutritional supplements. Magnesium. Three River Press. California. P 159-175
iii. Dean, C. 2017. The Magnesium Miracle. 2nd edn. Ballantine Books. New York. P 13-32
v. Osiecky, H. 2014. The Nutrient Bible. 9th edn. Bio Concepts Publishing. Australia. P.182