NutritionMum natter on “MAGNESIUM”

Magnesium has long been my favourite mineral to use. From when my children were young, it helped with growing pains, tummy pains and as they got older PMS, headaches and relaxing sore muscles after sporting activities. As for me, I use magnesium regularly to help achieve a more restful sleep and for muscle relaxation after sporting activities.

Magnesium is necessary for over 300 enzyme/chemical reactions in the body.

I believe one of Magnesium’s most useful roles is how it partners with calcium to help regulate the body’s nerve and muscle tone. In many nerve cells, magnesium works as a chemical gate blocker – providing sufficient magnesium levels occur, calcium can’t enter the nerve cell and trigger the nerve. Obstruction of this gate by magnesium enables the nerve to be relaxed. Should our diet not provide us with adequate magnesium, this gate blocking can be unsuccessful and the nerve cell can become over activated. This over activation can influence some nerve cells into sending too many messages to the muscles and therefore trigger the muscles into over contract, which can lead to muscle cramps, muscle tension (including headaches), muscle soreness, muscle spasms, and muscle fatigue.

Just a few more of magnesium’s roles in the body-

  • Bone production and structure
  • An essential role in carbohydrate metabolism. It may influence the release and activity of insulin; which is the hormone responsible for the control of blood glucose therefore playing an important role in helping regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Important for heart health especially heart muscle

Magnesium is found in a wide variety of food.

  • Almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, raw cocoa, wholegrain cereals (refining reduces magnesium content), green leafy vegetables, soybeans, kelp, tofu, seeds, dulse, buckwheat, parsnips, molasses, brewer’s yeast.

Supplementation – Magnesium Glycinate is a very effective form of magnesium to take. Magnesium is bonded to the amino acid glycine to provide a magnesium supplement that is much better absorbed and well tolerated with less tummy issues such as diarrhea. Don’t forget to always take with food.

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