July 28, 2011

Magnesium an elemental mineral - what's it good for?

Magnesium in our community is an underrated mineral. I have just had a client tell me that she thinks it has changed her life! I also love Magnesium. And seemingly everyone else should – I remember one of my university lecturers saying the food with the most amount of magnesium in our trolley is usually in the block of chocolate!

Most of us know that magnesium is specific for our Musclo-skeletal system, it helps our muscles relax, and restores and repairs them after we work out, it helps ease our aches and pains. We use magnesium to prevent muscle spasms, twitches, convulsions and tremors.
The secondary action of Magnesium and I feel it’s most important – it works on our nervous system. It helps maintain healthy nerve function; aids nerve transmission, and ultimately helps our brain function properly. It helps us deal with stress and is involved in aiding cellular energy production.
It is very difficult to get the recommended daily intake of magnesium from our foods, various reasons being - the content of magnesium in our soil is often low, processing and milling removes 60% of magnesium stores and cooking in water also causes leaching.

Food sources that include Magnesium are:
  • Leafy greens; Spinach
  • Nuts: Almonds, cashews
  • Soyabeans: non GM is best
  • Whole grains, oatmeal, bran
  • Milk and dairy; Natural yoghurt

Symptoms magnesium can treat:
  • Muscle cramps, aches and pains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  •  Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances and Insomnia
  • Stress
  • PMS and period pain
  • Pregnancy; prematurity and prevent intrauterine growth retardation
  • Cardio-vascular health

One third of Australians over 18 years do not get their recommended daily intake of magnesium and a deficiency may be exacerbated by stress, strenuous exercise and poor absorption. It is best to use a practitioner range of magnesium because it is formulated properly and will prevent you from having gastro-intestinal cramps and loose stools. 

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