I have a confession to make. I. love. magnesium.
Why do I love magnesium?
Well, I notice a difference when I don’t take magnesium. However if I do take it, I feel like superwoman!
I can train hard each morning, and not pull up sore, as long as I take my magnesium. Last week I did a hard core and leg workout and I couldn’t walk (delayed onset muscle soreness), If only I had taken my magnesium, those 3 days would have been better. Insert sad face.
As a chiropractor I love magnesium because I see a difference in those who take it. I see better recovery and a decrease in muscular skeletal pain in those that take it. So three cheers for you Mr. Mg2+!
FACTS: Why does your body need magnesium?
It is the 4th highest mineral found in the body which is required by every organ in the body for a range of activities including bone, protein and fatty acid formation.
Essential in activating vitamins B and D
Regulating calcium levels and helping blood to clot
Required for the secretion of insulin
Adults require about 300 to 400 milligrams a day.
To supplements or not to supplement?
I know what you are thinking. Why do I need to take some extra supplement, can’t I just get it from my food? Yes you can, however the quality and quantity of these minerals in our food had been decreasing with modern farming methods. Magnesium is absorbed into the plant during its growth stage, except as reported in literature, the soil is becoming depleted of minerals, and as a result our fruit, vegetables and grains do not contain the essential amounts of required magnesium. Therefore many of us do not get enough magnesium in our diets.
Where is Magnesium found?
Magnesium is found in varying levels in nuts, whole-grains, dark green vegetables, sources include pumpkin and sunflower seeds, bran, tofu, potatoes, spinach and baked beans.
So what can you do about it?
Buy organic wherever you can and eat whole foods,vegetables and fruit.
Take a good quality magnesium supplement (preferably one that has Magnesium in the form of magnesium Bi-glycinate or magnesium amino acid chelate).
Wanna be superwoman or superman, then go on, get your magnesium on!