Magnesium – Top 4 Benefits of Supplementing With This Miracle Mineral
Would you like to sleep better, reduce aches and pains, decrease anxiety, and improve results from exercise without drugs? Magnesium supplementation may be your answer.
Importance of Magnesium
There are hundreds of nutritional supplements in your local vitamin shop so why single out the importance of magnesium?
Magnesium is one of the seven major minerals essential in daily quantities to our body. More than half of the magnesium in your body is in your bones and about 1% is in your blood. The rest resides in your cells being used for all types of beneficial purposes including hundreds of enzyme reactions, protein synthesis, blood sugar regulation, muscle contraction and blood pressure regulation to name a few.
4 Big Benefits
I have successfully used this supplement for myself and my personal training clients. Let’s go into the benefits that I have found to be the most profound.
- Improve Recovery from Exercise
Exercise is ultimately stress. It releases hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, that actually breakdown your body and put you into what is called a catabolic state. It is not until you begin to recover that you experience the performance improvements from a workout. I have found supplementing with magnesium to improve my client’s post-exercise recovery time. I have noticed this effect on myself as well. They feel better and their muscles are less sore. Magnesium is understood to play a role in muscle relaxation so this makes sense based on research as well.
- Reduced Anxiety
This is a benefit that has helped me tremendously on a personal level. I have suffered from anxiety for years and have tried everything from medication to breathing exercises to various supplements to deal with it.
Magnesium supplementation has been the most effective thing that I’ve tried. In fact, if you use trans-dermal magnesium, such as magnesium oil or magnesium bath salts, you notice a benefit within minutes. If you suffer from feelings of stress or anxiety, I highly recommend you look into supplementing with this amazing mineral.
- Improved Sleep
This is another major benefit for anyone suffering from sleep problems. I have found that taking magnesium an hour before bedtime helps with falling and staying asleep.
- Reduced Pain and Inflammation
Many people suffer from muscle aches, pains, and inflammation. These can be caused by many things including: joint disease joint injuries, joint wear from too much exercise, joint wear from muscle weakness and too little exercise, postural imbalances and more.
It is my belief that there is usually a biomechanical and biochemical reason for these problems. Biomechanical problems are caused by changes in the structure and function of the human musculo-skeletal system. Biochemical reasons would be things like increased markers of inflammation (e.g. c-reactive protein), mineral deficiencies, and poor nutrition.
Although magnesium will not help the biomechanical issues, it can help with the biochemical ones.
The RDA (recommended daily allowance) for magnesium changes for age and gender, but is around 400 mg per a day for adult men and women.
According to magnesium researchers Dr. Carolyn Dean and Dr. Mildred Seelig, the RDA is too low. They believe 300 mg per a day is barely enough to offset the daily losses and more is required if you are under mild to moderate stress, physical injury, and/or athletic exertion.
I personally supplement with 400 mg daily as well as eating a diet high in magnesium-containing foods. I have found that trans-dermal magnesium from either a topical supplement or bath salts to be superior to oral supplements.
Will it work for you? First of all, everyone needs this mineral daily. So even if you do not have any of the problems I listed, your body still requires it. Second, the only way you will know is to try. Since there is no known toxicity level that I could find, it is very low risk. Just make sure that you check with a qualified health professional to make sure it does not interfere with any medical condition that you have or drugs you are taking.