What Do You Know About How Magnesium Can Benefit Your Health?
Magnesium has been called the "Master Commander" of your body, and yet it's one of those minerals that you don't hear talked about a lot. You always hear people saying that they need more Vitamin B, Vitamin C, or Calcium, but it's pretty rare for someone to say to you they are feeling low in magnesium, and that's probably because people are unaware of how important it is, and the health benefits of magnesium, or the problems caused when you are deficient.
You can understand why it's called the "Master Commander" when you realize that it is a critical component of over 600 reactions in your body. Most of us know that magnesium is an essential mineral for muscle and bone health, but it does so much more...such as:
- Creating and maintaining RNA and DNA
- Converting food into energy - metabolism
- Stimulating and relaxing muscles
- Regulating the nervous system
- Turning amino acids into proteins
Chronic health problems that magnesium can help...
- Magnesium, especially when combined with potassium, is great for Type 2 diabetes - it helps regulate the body's insulin to keep blood sugar balanced, and the blood sugars are prevented from spiking or crashing, by controlling stress and blood pressure, both of which can make it easier for Type 2 diabetes to begin in the first place.
- Low magnesium levels can contribute to anxiety or depression.
- Magnesium has been shown to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.
- Insomnia is often caused by low levels of magnesium, which helps your muscles relax in preparation for sleep and also helps your mind to shut off and calms your nerves.
- RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) can also be alleviated as the magnesium relaxes your leg muscles.
- Magnesium plays a big part in reducing high blood pressure (hypertension) by regulating and maintaining the balance of other key minerals that impact your blood pressure.
- Digestion can be improved and constipation, acid reflux, gas, bloating or indigestion alleviated with correct levels of magnesium to aid in ability of absorbing the nutrients properly.
It's interesting that with all the important benefits of magnesium that the US National Academy of Science's Food & Nutrition Board has determined that up to 75% of Americans may be deficient, beginning with the average age of 14...we just don't understand it well enough.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:
- Muscle cramping
- High blood pressure
- Low energy levels
Foods rich in magnesium:
- Dark chocolate or cocoa powder
- Nuts, especially almonds and cashews
- Seeds such as sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, and flax (these are great salad toppings)
- Halibut, Mackerel, Salmon
- Black beans