Did you know that for stress relief and relaxation, taking Magnesium may be one of the best things you can do for yourself? And it can go a long way in improving your energy.
It’s no wonder so many are suffering from some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency including:
- Headaches / Migraines
- Fatigue and Weakness
- Anxiety and Depression
- Lack of Focus and Concentration
- Numbness and Tingling
- Muscle Cramps
- Restless Legs
- Menstrual Cramps
- Nausea and Vomiting
Magnesium deficiency is also associated with the following conditions:
- Kidney stones
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Sudden cardiac death
Magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in the body, is critical for energy metabolism and protein synthesis, and is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.
Yet, it has been reported that over 50% of Americans consume too little magnesium. So why are so many of us deficient in this important mineral?
First, most people don’t consume enough high magnesium foods, which include almonds, cashews, avocados, spinach and quinoa.
Second, most multivitamins contain very little magnesium.
Third, stress depletes magnesium. And we lose this mineral with sweating.
Fourth, malabsorption can result from conditions like gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, IBS, and leaky gut.
Fifth, many medications cause magnesium deficiency including birth control pills, PPI drugs like Nexium and Prilosec, certain antibiotics, and diuretics.
And sixth, taking calcium supplements can cause magnesium depletion.
I often see older women coming in as patients, taking 1000 mg calcium for their bones with very little to no magnesium. They usually have aches and pains and many of the above symptoms.
Remember, calcium is important for muscle contraction and magnesium is vital for muscle relaxation. So it is important to not get out of balance by taking too much calcium in relation to magnesium.
How much magnesium do you need? The recommended daily intake for adults is approximately 400 mg, but I have seen where some people need as much as 1000 mg per day or more.
How do you know if you’re low in magnesium? Well besides looking at your symptoms and taking a thorough health history, I often order a lab test called Red Blood Cell Magnesium that can evaluate your magnesium status.
The simplest and most effective solution to replenish your magnesium levels is to take a magnesium supplement.
I believe the best form is Magnesium Malate which is highly absorbable, and the malate is especially helpful for fatigue and muscle tension.
If someone has constipation, then I usually recommend Magnesium Citrate as it not only has good absorption, it also has a laxative effect.
I would avoid magnesium oxide. Although it is very cheap, it appears to have an absorption rate of only about 4%.
So remember Magnesium, this important relaxation mineral for helping to improve your energy, health and life.
For any questions, or if you or a family member has any of the above symptoms and would like to have your Magnesium level checked, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 561-627-5800. We would be happy to help.
Yours for Vibrant Health,
Dr. Tom Rofrano