The Benefits of Magnesium Supplements
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’. So what are the potential benefits of taking magnesium?
The first thing to address is why there is such a wide range of potential magnesium benefits. When we explore the roles of magnesium within the body, we can start to uncover the potential benefits of magnesium supplements:
- Magnesium contributes to the normal function of the nervous system and normal psychological function
Because of this, people may feel the benefits of taking magnesium if they are suffering from stress, anxiety or poor sleep.
- Magnesium contributes to normal muscle function
This means that anyone suffering from problems involving muscle spasm or tension in the muscles could benefit from magnesium supplementation. This would also include migraine or cramps.
- Magnesium contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism and a reduction in tiredness & fatigue
Potential magnesium benefits also include helping us feel less run down and tired, so those feeling low in energy may find a supplement helpful.
- Magnesium supports the maintenance of normal teeth and bones
Did you know that magnesium supplements could be as important as calcium and vitamin D? People who want to support bone health should therefore take a combination of all three nutrients, rather than simply focussing on calcium and vitamin D.
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.
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 from 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 kinds 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.)