Magnesium is an essential nutrient which plays a vital role across multiple processes in the human body. It helps regulate a number of fundamental functions in the body such as muscle contraction, neuromuscular conduction, glycemic control, myocardial contraction, blood pressure and energy production.
Benefits of Magnesium include
1. bone health and calcium absorption: magnesium plays an important role in the formation of strong bones by helping assimilate calcium into the bone matrix. It also plays a role in converting Vitamin D into its active form which assists calcium absorption in the body. Optimal magnesium intake is associated with greater bone density, improved bone crystal formation, and a lower risk of osteoporosis in women after menopause.
2. Decreased risk of diabetes: several studies have associated a higher intake of magnesium with a lower risk of diabetes. Magnesium plays an important role in carbohydrate and glucose metabolism, hence it can influence the risk of developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
3. Improved heart health: magnesium is necessary in maintaining muscular health, including cardiac muscle, and for the transmission of electrical signals in the body. Adequate magnesium intake has been associated with a lower risk of atherosclerosis and hypertension.
4. Relieving anxiety: recent research has shown that magnesium may help with brain functioning and regulating the glands which are responsible for your reaction and response to stress. Magnesium can affect a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which helps regulate the pituitary and adrenal glands which are responsible in how you respond to stress.
Sources of Magnesium:
Foods high in magnesium include almonds, bananas, black beans, broccoli, brown rice, cashews, flaxseed, green vegetables (spinach), nuts, oatmeal, seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower) soybeans, sweet corn, tofu, and whole grains. Though it’s possible to get adequate amounts of this mineral from your diet, taking a supplement may be helpful if you struggle to meet your needs through food or if you’re deficient. Emerging evidence confirms that nearly two-thirds of the population in the western world are not achieving the recommended daily allowance for magnesium due to changes in dietary habits and the removal of magnesium during food processing. Insufficient intake of magnesium has been linked to a wide range of human diseases, including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, skeletal disorders, respiratory illness and nervous system dysfunction including increased stress, depression, and anxiety levels.
If you are looking for a safe & reliable magnesium supplement, we highly recommend BioCeuticals Ultra Muscleze – Advanced Magnesium Blend. We supply this at our reception or please call 9489 7511.