Magnesium – What you need to know!
September 11, 2014
There are few nutrients that have such a huge impact in overall health more than magnesium. Enzymes require it, including the enzymes required to synthesize DNA, RNA and proteins. Magnesium also plays an important role in bone and cell membranes, as it helps to transport ions across the membrane surface. Whoah, what does all that mean?
Basically magnesium deficiency is a serious problem for many people. Some symptoms include heart arrhythmia’s, tachycardia, hypertension, headaches, tremor, muscle cramps, nausea, acid re-flux, metabolic syndrome, migraines, insomnia, it is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, anxiety disorders, and even effects PMS. Actually, try finding a modern disease that magnesium deficiency isn’t associated with in some way or form.
Most Americans are deficient in magnesium for various reasons, such as soil depletion and poor farming practices. Nuts and seeds are the highest source, but very hard to eat enough to get what your body needs.
Without a doubt – everyone should likely supplement with magnesium in some form or another in order to live optimally.
There are many different forms of magnesium, everyone’s body absorbs and reacts differently to the various forms, find the one that works best for you. I suggest starting with “Natural Calm” it seems to have the most impact on the majority of people.
Additionally, what is the correlation between magnesium and sleep quality?
How can you tell if you need more magnesium? Difficulty in going to sleep, or you wake up a lot throughout the night?
Magnesium is vital for the function of GABA receptors, which exist across all areas of the brain and nervous system. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter which is like a on/off switch that the brain requires to turn off. Without getting into the nitty gritty details of why and how this all works, on a more simple level you need GABA to prevail in order to go to sleep.
It is not always about magnesium, but with over 90% of our clients with sleeping problems magnesium is always our first suggestion and almost always has great results.
Suggested Dose: 400-800mg per day from food and supplement forms to start with
Forms: Citrate, malate, glycinate, threonate, or orotate
Time Taken: Typically before bedtime