The Importance Of Magnesium
As a clinic we sell fish oil, magnesium and turmeric tablets. These are the only three supplements we sell and the reason for this is that we are quite passionate about all three.
Whilst turmeric and fish oil have great anti-inflammatory properties and are of great benefit to anyone with an inflammatory condition, the reason we stock magnesium is because it is a common mineral to be deficient in and the symptoms of deficiency are huge!
Another reason we stock these three supplements is because we are confident ours are of a good quality as there are differences in the quality of supplements and how they are delivered to your body. With fish oil it is easy - the amount of EPA and DHA (omega 3 and 6) are very obviously displayed for all to see but with magnesium it is different. Not all supplements are the same and let me explain why this is more important with Magnesium than with most supplements...
Many people are magnesium deficient and have symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, sleep disorders, insomnia, muscle weakness and spasms, headache, increased stress and poor nail growth. Also, chances are that you regularly intake coffee, alcohol and other substances that flush magnesium out of your body.
The thing is, we have probably mentioned these symptoms to our GP at some stage and just been told that it is perfectly normal!
Chronic magnesium deficiency is implicated in a number of conditions like osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, lowered immune function, depression, migraine, Restless Leg Syndrome and ADHD.
Magnesium deficiency affects the body on many levels, and it is often misdiagnosed and treated with harmful medications. Magnesium supplementation can relax your nerves and muscles, regulate blood sugar levels and promote normal blood pressure.
The thing is about magnesium is that it serves as a calcium regulator. Magnesium is important in calcium metabolism because it is required for secretion of Parathyroid Hormone (PTH). PTH increases the production of the active form of vitamin D, and plays a role in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. It teams up with vitamin B6 to regulate the absorption of calcium into the bone.
Magnesium deficiency alters calcium metabolism and the hormones that regulate calcium, so if you have low blood levels of calcium, you may actually be deficient in magnesium
Foods that have a high level of magnesium are dark leafy greens, beans, fish, nuts, advocados and bananas.
The reason we stock MAG365 is that unlike other magnesium supplements, it contains citric acid. Added to water, the two powders react to create liquid ionic magnesium citrate. The slightly acidic nature of MAG365 enhances absorption and becomes an alkalising beverage after it is absorbed. Since MAG365 becomes a liquid ionic magnesium citrate, it is easier to digest and to be absorbed in the body.
In addition, pure powdered products are non-habit forming, and you will not develop a dependency when you use it.
Magnesium supplementation presents a range of benefits, as the mineral is involved in a multitude of chemical reactions in the body, from increasing energy to relaxing the muscles, improving mood and regulating blood pressure.
If you feel you may be deficient in Magnesium why not discuss this with your practitioner on your next visit? At Oakingtons, we will be happy to help!