Much like duct-tape, magnesium is a jack-of-all-trades. It can be used in a pinch to help a multitude of problems and is actually essential to all of your cells! Did you know that over 300 enzymes require magnesium to function and more than 50% of our magnesium resides in our skeleton? Are you getting the necessary amount?
There are several forms of magnesium, with magnesium oxide as the most common however it’s the most difficult to digest making it a waste of your money. Better absorbed varieties include magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate (which does not typically cause loose stools), and magnesium chelates. The typical recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults is between 300-400mg and research suggests it is better taken on an empty stomach, such as at night before bed. Additionally, you can soak in Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) for a relaxing, beneficial bath!
What does it do? Well…
1)It helps calcium absorb better and is important for our bones.
2)If you suffer from constipation, higher doses will give relief.
3)It helps to relax your muscles which make it useful for falling asleep, muscle cramps, restless leg, post-workout soreness, and for muscles that have a hard time letting go.
4)High blood pressure? Magnesium has been shown to help lower it.
5)It helps with carbohydrate metabolism and your insulin response.
6)Do you experience irregular heart beats or fluttering? Magnesium might help.
7)Muscle pains may be due to inadequate levels.
8)Tired and out of energy? You need magnesium to produce ATP.
9)It is needed for the conduction of nerve impulses and muscle contractions.
10)It can help relieve symptoms of PMS along with B6 and calcium.
As you can see, just about every woman could benefit from a little magnesium. With anything, please consult your healthcare practitioner if you have questions or concerns.