Magnesium – Symptoms of Deficiency and Benefits
Quick Facts About Magnesium Everyone Needs to Know
Everybody seems to be talking about magnesium lately! You might say it has become the “star” of the mineral world. Why? Because magnesium is linked to more than 700 bodily functions. However, 75 – 80% of Americans are still lacking in this precious nutrient. Here are some important facts to consider.
A magnesium deficiency can often be related to fatigue, insomnia, cramps, muscle aches and pain, loss of appetite, tingling, numbness, mood disorders, anxiety, heart issues, even eye twitches.
Magnesium – A Magic Bullet?
We depend on magnesium for some very important health functions. Called the “good mood mineral”, this nutrient helps stave off stress, irritability and overwhelm while lifting the spirits and keeping you calm. The list is long but here are some of the top benefits: cardiovascular support; energy production; digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats; blood sugar support; immune support; activating muscles and nerves; and acting as a precursor for neurotransmitters (such as serotonin).
Food Sources May Not Be Enough to Meet Our Minimum Needs
You can find magnesium in dark green leafy vegetables (like spinach), sea vegetables, seeds, nuts, milk, yogurt, whole grains and legumes. Unfortunately, even those that eat a healthy diet, may come up short. There are several reasons. Our foods are grown in soils that have been depleted of this mineral and our dependence on processed food depletes our magnesium levels. Too much calcium in our diet is another factor. Even prescription drugs can take a toll. And finally, deficiency can be caused by too much stress in the mind and body.
Magnesium Supplementation is a Reliable Option
Most professionals agree that supplementation is a good way to get this mineral into the body. There are many different options when it comes to choosing this dietary supplement. This is because magnesium is generally bound to another substance. For example, you can find it bound to the following: glycinate, taurate, chloride, lactate, carbonate, citrate, oxide and sulfate. At Long Natural Health, we sell three varieties that we feel are the most absorbable, usable and safest forms of magnesium for the human body.
- Magnesium Glycinate is chelated and offers very high levels of absorption and bioavailability. It is also gentle on the stomach and intestines, unlike oxides for instance, that don’t absorb well and can be irritating. Many manufacturers use the oxide form in their formulas because it is less expensive. We carry Magnesium Glycinate in both capsule and powder forms.
- Magnesium Taurate includes taurate, an amino acid, and is very calming to body and mind. This form can boost taurine levels, which is especially good for heart health.
- Magnesium Chloride contains a smaller amount of magnesium than some choices but has better absorption. We carry this form in complete trace mineral tablets, and in liquid, making it easy to add to your drinking water for extra electrolytes.
How Much Should I Be Taking?
The Dietary Reference Intake is 300 to 400 mg. per day. People experiencing symptoms of nutritional deficiency can take higher doses. According to Timothy Long, Founder of Long Natural Health, “I often recommend taking 500 to 1000 mg for adults with cramping, insomnia, mood disorders, and even sluggish bowels. As the body is getting used to absorbing higher doses, you might need to lower the amount if you are getting loose bowels. Then slowly, you can return to a higher dosage.”
Magnesium certainly can be a miracle mineral for many!
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