The Benefits of Magnesium Supplementation
For many years, I have suggested the use of magnesium supplements to my clients, to help with all manner of ills. Many people could be deficient in this vital mineral and could therefore benefit from supplementation.
Currently, Magnesium appears to be being hailed as a bit of a ‘miracle pill’. Some people say they find it improves their sleep, whilst other claim to find it useful for migraines.
WHICH MAGNESIUM IS BEST?
Magnesium supplements come in many different forms. The best one available, as I have always believed, is Magnesium Citrate – this is the most gentle and bioavailable way of taking Magnesium.
IS IT A ‘MIRACLE PILL’?
The first thing to address, is why Magnesium appears to have such a wide range of potential benefits. When we explore the roles of magnesium within the body (as proven and approved by EFSA), we can start to uncover the potential for Magnesium supplements:
- Magnesium contributes to the normal function of the nervous system and normal psychological function – this means that people may find it helpful if they are suffering with stress, anxiety or poor sleep.
- Magnesium contributes to normal muscle function – meaning that any problem involving muscle spasm or tension could benefit from magnesium supplementation. This would include migraine or cramps.
- Magnesium contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism and a reduction in tiredness & fatigue – showing that for those who are feeling a bit run down or tired could find Magnesium helpful.
- Magnesium supports the maintenance of normal teeth and bones – meaning that magnesium supplements could be as important as Calcium and Vitamin D. People who are wanting to support bone health should therefore take a combination of all 3 nutrients, rather than simply focussing on Calcium and Vitamin D.
COULD YOU BE LOW IN MAGNESIUM?
Unfortunately, Magnesium is easily depleted. Its absorption is reduced by tea, coffee and cola, as well as salt and bran fibre! All of this suggests that many of us may be at risk of low magnesium levels. I always ask my clients the following questions when we meet:
- Do you suffer with cramps?
- Do you get twitches or restless legs in bed at night?
- Do you get muscle tension in your neck and shoulders?
- Do you get headaches or migraines?
- Do you have anxiety or insomnia?
- Have you ever had palpitations?
- Do you struggle with constipation?
If they answer yes to the majority of these questions, my assumption is that they may be low in Magnesium – so we introduce a Magnesium Citrate supplement. It is surprising how often these kind of symptoms will clear up!
Written By Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in Health Foods Stores and Private Clinics for over 20 years.)