Do you suffer from Diabetes, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, or Obesity? Do you have trouble sleeping at night and feel tired throughout the entire day, even with coffee? It turns out there is a vital mineral that many of us are missing in our diets that has shown to be correlated with all of these problems and more.
In the past, we got a sufficient amount of Magnesium through our diets alone. Magnesium is naturally found in the soil and green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach should be great sources. The problem is, however, that over-farming of land without proper reconditioning of our soil has led to a huge deficiency of Magnesium in our plants too!
A study found that in the year 2005-2006 in the USA 48% of Americans were not getting the recommended daily amount of Magnesium. In 2001-2002 that number was 56%. This means that things are getting worse!
Magnesium is found within every cell of our bodies. Since Magnesium is used in energy-producing reactions, it is especially important for muscles and nerves. Magnesium helps our bodies regulate the balance of other minerals in our body, like Calcium. When all of our nutrients are working in perfect balance we tend to feel and perform better.
Magnesium is used in virtually every energy-producing reaction within your body. When we’re stressed we tend to use even more Magnesium. It’s a vicious cycle! This might be one reason that chronic fatigue is such a problem now.
The good news about this is that Magnesium is widely available in pharmacies around the world and, since it is water soluble, can be taken safely as a supplement every day.
In general, supplementing 400-600 mg/day is beneficial for just about everyone. Some people can even take 2-3 times that much and see increasing benefits!
The most affordable and useful forms of Magnesium available are Magnesium Citrate, Malate, and Carbonate. Each of these is safe and well absorbed.
Avoid Magnesium Oxide, Sulfate, Glutamate, and Aspartate if your goal is to increase your Magnesium levels.
Take a look at the following links for more information on whether Magnesium supplementation is right for you, and which type of Magnesium to select. We strongly urge you to consider talking about this important mineral with your chiropractor or generalist at your next visit!
Have a happy and healthy week, everyone!
Dr. Stephen Shinault DC