My interest in this molecule started when I learned that 60-70% of all migraine sufferers would improve on Magnesium Glycinate supplementation. Most wonderfully, my migraines disappeared when I started to take it! I found the best and easiest to swallow formulation of it for my clients which is made by Designs for Health, a wonderful supplement company. I will always pass on any interesting medical info that will help my clients and since most migraine sufferers are women, and our clients are women…you get the drift.
Here is some more information about Magnesium:
This Mineral is Vital to Your Existence…
Do You Have Enough of It?
Magnesium plays hundreds of crucial roles in your body…
It helps regulate the rhythm of your heartbeat (the greatest stores of magnesium in the body are found in the heart). It helps control your blood pressure and maintain insulin sensitivity. It controls the uptake and release of many hormones and neurotransmitters. And it is vital for more than 400 different enzyme reactions in the body (more than any other mineral).
It is also required for normal nerve and muscle function. In fact, 7 out of 10 steps to produce ATP (your body’s energy fuel) require magnesium. It’s no surprise that some of the most common signs of deficiency are cramping, muscle twitching and fatigue.
Magnesium deficiency can also be associated with anxiety and depression, asthma, autism, chronic fatigue, constipation, diabetes, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) fibromyalgia, heart attack, headaches, high blood pressure, IBS, kidney stones, metabolic syndrome, obesity, PMS, stroke, and acid reflux, just to name a few.
Most people used to get about 500 mg per day of magnesium. These days, due to soil depletion and the modern diet, most of us are lucky to get just 200 mg.
Processed foods – which make up about 90% of the money Americans spend on food – contain almost none of this vital mineral. We further deplete our body’s magnesium stores with the phosphoric acid in colas and coffee, by consuming table salt, excess alcohol, diuretics, antibiotics and other drugs. We also lose magnesium as we age.
Consumption of sugar and carbohydrates also contribute to magnesium depletion. Did you know that it takes over 250 molecules of magnesium to break down just 1 molecule of glucose!
Keep Your Magnesium Levels in a Healthy Range…
Be sure to enjoy dark leafy greens (like spinach and Swiss chard), nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, wild salmon and halibut, black beans and navy beans… and don’t forget the most decadent source of magnesium – delicious dark cocoa!
Because magnesium deficiency is potentially so threatening, you should know if you are deficient. Unfortunately, blood tests are often inaccurate. That’s because less than 1% of the magnesium in our body is found in blood serum. Most of it is found in the muscles, bone and other tissues. That is why it is hard to diagnose a deficiency and why this molecule is linked to so many of the awful medical conditions mentioned earlier.