Magnesium, don’t worry bear with me and you’ll learn everything you need to know about this important nutrient.

What is Magnesium:

Magnesium is a mineral involved in almost every process in your body from muscle relaxation and proper muscle movement to hormone processing. Magnesium is well known in the health community for its health benefits. It is involved in over 300 biochemical processes and it plays a key role in producing energy, which obviously makes it vitally important for all cellular functions and processes.

Magnesium can:

  • Maintain normal muscle function
  • Maintain nerve function
  • Keep heart rhythm regular
  • Support a healthy immune system
  • Keep bones strong

And is adept at fighting:

  • fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain.
  • Diabetes.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Restless leg syndrome.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Constipation,
  • Chronic stress.

Fun Fact: Magnesium is the fourth most abundant element in the earth as a whole and the ninth in the universe as a whole.

We Don’t get enough:

The problem with this mineral is that most people do not have sufficient levels for optimalhealth.

Why you ask?

There are a few reasons. One is from the gradual depletion of nutrients from our soils, which has left many vegetables with lower levels of magnesium. Another contributing factor is ailments like IBS, or Crohn’s disease, and medications like Protons pump inhibitors and diuretics.

Magnesium, in supplement form, is most commonly found in multivitamins and particular over the counter laxatives.

Absorption is a completely separate concern. Magnesium itself is very poorly absorbed. Only 45% of it being absorbed in the best case scenario and 35% in the worst. The rule of thumb for magnesium supplements is to take them on an empty stomach. That way they doesn’t have to compete with anything else to be absorbed into your system.

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