One of, if not my favorite mineral. Magnesium is one of 60 Essential Minerals, which is part of the 90 Essential Nutrients you need on a daily basis.
So, why is Magnesium one of my favorite minerals?
Let me tell ya…
Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal, the third most abundant mineral in sea water, next to sodium and chloride. Magnesium is used by the body in approximately 300 biochemical (enzymatic) functions in the body. I like to call it the mother of all minerals as magnesium plays a role in overseeing what other nutrients are doing. This makes it not only just an essential mineral, but a necessity, a crucial mineral that YOU need for LIFE.
Touted, “the spark of life” due to its role in metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport (ATP), creating proteins, and the chemistry of life; RNA and DNA in all living organisms.
Every single cell in the human body requires magnesium in adequate amounts for optimal function.
Systems and parts of the body that demand magnesium are:
- Bones & teeth
- Endocrine System (hormones)
- Nervous System
- Cardiovascular System
- Detoxification pathways & their vital organs
- Neuronal Pathways & Cognitive Function
- Many more!
The brain and heart are two organs that we MUST have for life. These two organs produce the most electrical activity in the body and thus require…DEMAND sufficient magnesium. An insufficiency in magnesium in these two organs makes them extremely vulnerable to negative impacts.
When looking at healthy cells, magnesium is ten thousand times more concentrated that calcium, which means that magnesium regulates calcium within the cell. Magnesium also converts vitamin D into the active form, this also allows better absorption of calcium and helps transport calcium to hard tissues. Without supplementing magnesium with calcium, you are risking the storage of calcium deposits in soft tissues, which can cause detrimental effects. E.g. clogged arteries.
I have found, through research, that much of the World have low levels of magnesium…low enough to say that most are magnesium deficient.
A deficiency in magnesium can cause many different problems in the body. I’ve even heard that magnesium can be one of the main solutions to many chronic and acute ailments and dis-eases among the masses.
The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are quite extensive so I will only list some of them.
Here are some symptoms of Magnesium deficiency:
- Heart Dis-ease;
- Angina pectoris
- Asthma like spasms & contractions
- Migraine headaches
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Muscle spasms, cramps or complete muscle seizure
- Restless leg syndrome
- Lack of satisfaction of life, mildly impart due to low serotonin
- Weak bones and teeth
- And more
So you can see just by this small list, magnesium plays an extremely important role in our bodies.
How Can We Get Sufficient Magnesium?
I thought you’d never ask…
First and for most, YOU NEED to supplement with magnesium.
I recommend you choose a magnesium that is bound to an amino acid. This is because the body knows what to do with amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, we need protein in our diets to sustain muscle function, electrical activity, energy, etc.
Choose Magnesium with the Amino Acid or a combination of:
Another option would be to pair it with Orotate, a mineral salt or orotic acid. This also has been proven to be absorbed well, with a high bio-availability.
Food Sources for Magnesium
- Dark leafy vegetables
- Seeds (squash, pumpkin, hemp)
- Tree Nuts (brazil nuts, almonds, cashews)
- Dark Chocolate
- Bone Broths
There you have it! The importance of magnesium revealed.
This is why I LOVE MAGNESIUM!
Take care, bye for now.