Anyone Suffering from Anxiety, Migraines, Chronic Pain, Heart Disease or Even Diabetes Might Be Low in Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps your body function properly, especially your muscular system, bones, and nervous system. Research published in Nutrition Reviews found magnesium deficiencies to be present in approximately 50% of people in the United States. Older adults are more vulnerable to magnesium deficiency. Women are also at higher risk for low magnesium, especially with age.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Tingling and muscle cramps and contractions
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Damage to nerve cells, which can lead to depression
Magnesium is found in large amounts in natural, unprocessed foods. The best sources of magnesium include foods that contain dietary fiber, such as:
- dark green, leafy vegetables
- nuts and seeds
- beans and lentils
- whole, unrefined grains
- fish, especially halibut
The challenge is getting quality food full of quality essential vitamins and minerals. There have been recalls galore on food as of late, even romaine lettuce, making it a huge challenge to gain access to nutritious foods. Even if the food isn’t being recalled, chances are it’s farmed from overworked soil that’s been depleted of nutrients.
Magnesium glycinate has been shown to have a variety of benefits, including:
- A calming effect on your brain due to the presence of glycine.
- Help relieve anxiety and promote better sleep.
- Help keep bones strong by maintaining healthy bone density.
- Help control blood sugar in people with diabetes and may lower the risk of developing diabetes.
- Decreases abnormal heart rhythms.
Magnesium is involved in more than 300 different enzyme-related reactions in your body’s cells. Magnesium helps calm your brain and allow you to sleep better because it plays a key role in regulating the body's stress-response system, and hormones that elevate or diminish stress.
Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium plays a role in supporting deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep. Maintaining healthy magnesium levels often leads to deeper, more sound sleep.
Now, when it comes to bone health, magnesium plays a critical role in bone formation, and in maintaining bone density. It helps the body effectively use calcium, vitamin D, etc to build strong bones. Higher magnesium intake is linked to greater bone density.
Magnesium plays a major role in heart health because it regulates muscle function. Considering your heart beats nonstop, until your time on this world is up, magnesium helps the heart maintain a healthy rhythm. It also helps regulate blood pressure and the production of cholesterol. High dietary magnesium intake is linked to significantly reduced mortality in people who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease.
Finally, magnesium plays a role in regulating blood sugar, and in metabolizing glucose. Low magnesium levels in the body are linked to insulin resistance. Among people with type 2 diabetes, 25-38% are also deficient in magnesium, according to research.
So, one nutrient strongly affecting you from head to toe. That’s why the call it essential.
Dr. Harris’s Essential Magnesium
As many of you are aware, Dr. Marc Harris ND has added his methylation expertise to the supplement world, specifically through Optimal Health Systems, a company I have yet to see match in purity and potency, and producing life-changing results. Dr. Harris’s Essential Magnesium is following suit.
So, if you have any patients struggling with sleep, weak bones, heart problems or even type 2 diabetes, Essential Magnesium might be the missing puzzle piece stopping them from achieving optimal health. It’s a chelated form and methylated, meaning it’s as bioavailable as it gets.