According to the Australian Government Department of Health more than 60% of men and 70% of women don’t get enough magnesium every day.
What is magnesium and why is it important?
Magnesium is an essential mineral and plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including the metabolism of food, creation of important fatty acids and proteins, and nerve communication. Magnesium is essential for healthy muscles, nerves, bones and even blood sugar levels.
It has been shown that people who have high levels of magnesium in their diets have a lower risk of a heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. High levels of magnesium is also associated with a higher bone mineral density, meaning less risk of osteoporosis, important as we age.
Listed below are some of the important benefits that come with optimal magnesium levels
1. Bone health
Magnesium is important for bone formation and plays a role in absorption of calcium
Magnesium plays an important role in carbohydrate and glucose metabolism, and can also impact the risk of diabetes.
5. Migraine headaches
Magnesium plays a key role in regulating the excitability of the brain, and some studies have shown a reduction in frequency and severity of migraines with magnesium supplementation
How do I know if I am low in magnesium?
Low levels of magnesium can show up as headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, muscle twitching or cramps and weakness.
How much Magnesium do I take? According to the Department of Health
The best sources of magnesium are nuts and seeds, dark green vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. But for many, the amount found in foods is not enough to reach recommended daily intake, so supplementation is an effective and safe way to increase magnesium levels.
At Wellness Embodied we stock a range of magnesium products including sprays (absorbed through the skin) and oral supplements. Research also indicates supplemental magnesium can improve sleep quality, especially in those with poor sleep.
So if you don’t think you are getting enough of this important mineral through your diet, come in and see the range of Magnesium supplements.
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