A Very Important Mineral
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral found in our bodies and is critical for numerous physiological functions. In fact, over 300 important enzymatic processes require adequate levels of magnesium to take place. This multi-purpose mineral is required for the production of ATP (the main source of energy in our cells), bone health, muscle relaxation, the immune system, healthy stress response, stabilizing blood sugar, and much more. Unfortunately, low consumption of magnesium is quite common throughout the world. Studies estimate that the average North American’s intake of dietary magnesium is well below the Recommended Daily Amount. To make things worse acute and chronic stress further depletes our bodies magnesium levels which can be a double-edged sword. Inadequate levels of magnesium make us less equipped to deal with stressors in our modern lives, which ends up causing our bodies to use up even more of this vital mineral when our reserves are already low. Due to the fact that this mineral is so crucial for optimal health, and since many Canadians are deficient, this is one of the rare instances where we recommend nearly all individuals to supplement (or increase dietary sources of magnesium). A high-quality magnesium supplement can do wonders for maintaining your health. One of the reasons taking an Epsom Salt bath makes your body feel so great is because your skin is absorbing a large amount of Magnesium and delivering it to other areas in the body.
Therapeutic Benefits of Magnesium
Strengthens Bones: Magnesium is essential for bone formation since it aids in calcium absorption, and plays a fundamental role in activating Vitamin D in the Kidneys.
Relieves Anxiety: Low levels of Magnesium, or fluctuations in the way the mineral is processed by the body, have been directly associated with High Anxiety levels. Correcting this imbalance is able to reduce patient anxiety levels.
Increases Energy Levels: Magnesium is able to increase the production of energy in the body since it directly facilitates ATP production.
Relieves Headaches and Migraines: Magnesium deficiency has been associated with factors that cause headaches. People who suffer from migraines often have lower levels of tissue magnesium and serum. Research suggests that supplementation may reduce or prevent symptoms of migraine headaches.
Magnesium may Prevent Cancer: Magnesium deficiency, through exacerbating chronic inflammatory stress, could play a role in the onset of cancer. A study found that middle-aged min with higher magnesium concentrations had a 50% lower risk of cancer death than those with low magnesium.
Additional Health Benefits Derived from Magnesium
- Soothes aching muscles
- Maintains bone integrity
- Reduces blood pressure
- Improves Hearth Health
- Lowers risk of Diabetes
- Beneficial for Brain function
- Relieves Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Reduces Depression, Anxiety and OCD
- May be beneficial in ADHD
- Decreases inflammation
- May slow Aging
- Protects from Kidney function decline
- Relieves constipation
- Improves Sleep Quality
- Relieves Premenstrual Syndrome
- Helps Produce Collagen
- Stimulates the Absorption of other minerals
Methods of Administration
It is generally advisable for many individuals to supplement daily with a high-quality magnesium supplement orally. This being said, some individuals may benefit much more from IV administration if they have compromised absorption or require higher doses. Oral supplementation is generally well tolerated but can cause stomach upset and diarrhea at higher doses. Adding Magnesium to an IV mix is quite common practice since so many individuals can benefit from raising their levels in today’s society. One can also take Epsom baths to increase magnesium levels through skin absorption as well.