More important than calcium
Next to Vitamins B12 and D3, magnesium ranks as one of my favorite supplements. No other supplement has noticeably improved a variety of conditions in such a short amount of time.
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in your body. It helps to maintain muscle and nerve function, helps keep heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
Suffer from muscle cramps, muscle pain, and restless leg syndrome? Taking magnesium can improve your symptoms in as little as a few days. Chronic headaches, including migraines, will likely become less frequent and may resolve themselves all together.
For those of you who worry about your heart and may have high blood pressure, magnesium may help you as well. Magnesium has been shown to regulate heart rhythm, prevent angina, control high blood pressure, and limit the complications of congestive heart failure.
We have had amazing results at Journey II Health helping those with IBS and chronic constipation. Magnesium deficiency is a common finding in the constipated individual. Constipated people typically suffer from frequent headaches and magnesium helps both problems.
In the world of obstetrics, magnesium plays a very important and potentially lifesaving role in preventing seizures in women who have pre-eclampsia or HELLP syndrome. Many pregnant women also suffer leg cramps and constipation, and oral magnesium supplementation will help both of these common complaints.
Deficiency of magnesium can present psychiatric symptoms including depression, anxiety, restlessness, and irritability. Children with ADHD are deficient in many common minerals, most often magnesium, zinc, and iron. Magnesium supplementation significantly decreases the hyperactivity symptoms in children with ADHD.
Some foods that contain magnesium are green vegetables such as spinach, nuts, seeds, and whole unrefined grains. But food alone will not easily remedy a magnesium deficiency.
While there are many reasons for poor sleep, it is believed that using a magnesium supplement could be your best bet for insomnia relief. Because magnesium relaxes your body muscles and has a calming effect, it will help bring you a more restful sleep by reducing stress and anxiety, as well as calming jumpy legs and jerkiness. Much research points to the fact that magnesium deficiency is often related to restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and other sleep disorders. In many cases, upon taking magnesium supplements, people have awakened less often and have slept for longer periods of time through the night, giving them their much needed deep sleep, which is imperative for the body to regenerate itself.
Multiple sclerosis and epilepsy have also been linked to magnesium deficiencies. Symptoms of MS that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy, an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), hearing loss, and osteoporosis.
My personal opinion and years of observation have led me to believe that magnesium supplementation is far more beneficial than calcium supplementation, and we have become even more magnesium deficient due to our over consumption of calcium. Females in the United States take more calcium than all other countries combined, yet we still rank number one when it comes to osteoporosis. If you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above, I highly recommend you try magnesium. Take 400-800 mg of magnesium per day depending on the type. I look forward to your email responses.
Catherine Stack (RN, ND) is a practicing Doctor of Naturopathy, Certified Nurse Midwife, and the founder and CEO of Journey II Health Center for Rejuvenation. Her book, Free Yourself from a CONSTIPATED Life, is available on Amazon. Visit her website at journeyiihealth.com or email journeyIIhealth@gmail.com.