Magnesium is an essential nutrient required for over 350 enzyme reactions, not counting the various other functions it takes part in other parts of the body indirectly. Interestingly enough, it is now estimated that 80-90% of the population is magnesium deficient; if you drink alcohol regularly, it’s possible that your deficiency rate is closer to 100%! This important mineral is up there being known as one of the most important compounds in regard to combating stress and controlling anxiety. Whether it be mental or physical, when you are under stress your magnesium reserves are being utilized, and a higher level is needed. From a physical standpoint, over 600 muscles depend on the utilization of magnesium every moment of every day, making this mineral imperative for the body to be able to relax! Imagine the consistent rate at which our hearts pump for us as we go through our busy lives; although extreme, without sufficient magnesium, heart spasm leading to death can occur.
It is entirely possible that a variety of negative physical and mental symptoms a person is experiences could be linked to a lack of magnesium. Symptoms range from:
Anxiety, chronic pain (specifically back and neck pain), panic attacks, hypertension, fibromyalgia, vertigo (dizziness), depression, psychosis, ringing in the ears, confusion, cardiovascular disease, fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle twitching, constipation, asthma, kidney stones, cold hands and feet, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and more!
Who knew that magnesium was such key player in preventing these negative states?
How to take in more magnesium naturally? Ingest more:
*Dark leafy greens and green vegetables
*Cashews, peas and other Legumes
*Millet (a gluten free, grain-like seed)
Due to the widespread, industrial, non-organic farming practices of our past, minerals are initially depleted in the soil due to the application of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, etc. which results in less magnesium being absorbed into the plant itself. In refined, packaged foods, up to 97% of the magnesium is lost during the processes, giving consumers even more reasons to purchase Certified Organic when possible and to strive for a diet rich in fresh, whole foods.
Always checking with your physician first, research shows that magnesium supplementation is safe and for most, essential. The only precautions go for folks with impaired kidney function in which high doses of magnesium could be an issue in addition to people taking certain antibiotics. If magnesium supplementation is your preferred method to increase your intake, purchasing “magnesium chloride” which may be popularly sold as “Mag Link” or “Mag Chlor” is ideal because this combined form becomes more bio-available as it works at the cellular level.