Stressful lives often lead us to seek out quick, simple and cost-effective solutions to support our wellbeing while on the run. According to GO Healthy’s resident naturopath, Jess Blair, Magnesium should be a staple in everybody’s bathroom cabinet, due to its wide-ranging and scientifically proven benefits. But does a magnesium supplement really live up to the hype?
According to Jess, Magnesium is naturally occurring in leafy greens, vegetables, bananas, almonds and brown rice, “It’s no surprise however that with the busy-ness of life, we aren’t always eating a diet containing all those things, often reaching for sugary, caffeinated options to see us through the day. As a result, one in threei of us are magnesium deficient, which can result in nausea, tiredness and loss of appetite. These symptoms are something that shouldn’t be overlooked.”
"Although Magnesium isn't a magic cure-all, it is used by the body in over 300 ways, perfect for recovery post-workout, as well as supporting general health and wellbeing," Jess explains. “Unlike many other minerals, Magnesium comes in a range of forms that can be incorporated into your self-care routine, from luxe bath salts for a bit of R’N’R, to being rolled onto the souls of your feet for a sound night’s sleep.”
Whether you’re looking to support general health and wellbeing, right through to more specific health needs, such as managing everyday stress, the wide breadth of benefits of this wonder mineral may surprise you:
For beautifully glowing skin, it's essential to protect the fatty acids and collagen in the top layer of the skin. These fatty acids and collagen actually depend upon Magnesium to form. This prevents ageing and stops skin drying out – particularly in winter when harsh cold and wind damage the skin's surface. Luckily, with the right supplement, anyone can achieve supple, glowy goodness from the inside out!
Bone Health and Speedy Muscle Recovery
Supporting the absorption of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphate absorption, magnesium is key to supporting bone health. When our bodies are Magnesium deficient, we are therefore at a higher risk of developing skeletal disorders like Osteoporosis.
Muscle soreness is a common result of strenuous activity and exercise. Research shows that Magnesium is a key component for not only muscle repair, but healthy muscle function. As the second most abundant mineral in our cells (after potassium), a Magnesium deficiency can cause muscle spasms, muscular weakness and lethargy – not ideal for those of us who love to frequent the gym. However, with regular supplementation, not only can you prevent a deficiency, you’ll also be able to perform optimally when hitting the weight room.
A good night’s sleep for most of us is about as memorable as our last overseas holiday. To land yourself in la-la land, and catch up on those missing ZZZ’s, try taking a Magnesium supplement prior to bedtime.
Magnesium supports relaxation and soothes muscle tension, working to calm the nervous system. Backed by science, research shows that Magnesium supplements reduce the effects of insomniaii, allowing you to slip into the sleep you so desperately seek.
Reports show that up to 85 per cent of women experience period pain and over 90 per centiii suffer from PMS, including menstrual cramps. “I call Magnesium a miracle mineral for periods,” says Jess.
Much like muscle recovery, a Magnesium deficiency increases both the contractility of smooth muscle and the level of prostaglandins, which are the inflammatory compounds that drive period pain.
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