Did you know that it is estimated that 80% of adults are deficient in magnesium. We are seeing this more and more with all sorts of minerals due to the age of convenience food shopping and not preparing wholesome organic produce rich meals.
So what happens if you are magnesium deficient?
Here's the full list of issues associated:
- Hypertension and cardiovascular disease
- Kidney and liver damage
- Peroxynitrite damage that can lead to migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma or alzheimers's disease
- Nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin K, vitamin B1, calcium and potassium
- Restless leg syndrome
- Worsened PMS symptoms
- Behavioural disorders and mood swings
- Insomnia and trouble sleeping
- Recurrent bacterial or fungal infections due to low levels of nitric oxide or a depressed immune system
- Tooth cavities
- Muscle weakness and cramps
- Eclampsia and preeclampsia
Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical functions in the body, like regulating heartbeat rhythms and helping neurotransmitter functions, which is why hypomagnesemia is something you really don't want to be battling with.
The body loses it's levels of magnesium every day from normal bodily functions, like muscle movement, heartbeat and hormone production. We really need to regularly replenish our stores either from foods or magnesium supplements in order to prevent deficiency taking hold.
The kidneys are the main controller of our magnesium levels and they excrete magnesium into the urine each day. It's difficult to assess magnesium levels in the body which is why looking for signs of the symptoms above is so important. If you are experiencing any more than 2 of this symptoms it's best you look at supplementing magnesium for your overall good health.
Here are the Reccomended daily allowances depending on age and gender:
- Infants–6 months: 30 milligrams
- 7–12 months: 75 milligrams
- 1–3 years: 80 milligrams
- 4–8 years: 130 milligrams
- 9–13 years: 240 milligrams
- 14–18 years: 410 milligrams for men; 360 milligrams for women
- 19–30 years: 400 milligrams for men; 310 milligrams for women
- Adults 31 years and older: 420 milligrams for men; 320 milligrams for women
- Pregnant women: 350–360 milligrams
- Women who are breastfeeding: 310–320 milligrams
Here's how taking magnesium supplements can benefit you:
- Helps increase energy
- Calms the nerves
- Helps you fall asleep and treat insomnia
- Helps with digestion by relieving constipation
- Relieves muscle aches and spasms
- Regulates levels of calcium & potassium
- Important aid to heart health
- Prevents migrane headaches
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
M&R Essentials Pure Magnesium Glycinate is the worlds best absorbing magnesium, also suitable for children as contains no binders and fillers with easy pull apart vege caps so that the contents can be sprinkled on food or mixed in water.
There are few risks associated with magnesium supplementation, but if you experience a laxative effect or symptoms like diarrhea, nausea or cramping, you may be taking too much magnesium.