Carran, one of our Doctors of Chiropractic, is extremely active, and actively interested in healthy living. A part of that lifestyle balance are healthy levels of magnesium. Below Carran offers some info for getting good levels and why that is important.
Magnesium plays an important role in many reactions within the body including metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins and the transmission of nerve impulses.
It is an essential micromineral, meaning that it needs to be consumed in relatively large quantities – at least 100mg per day.
The human body contains approximately magnesium which is stored in the skeletal system, muscles, soft tissues and body fluids.
A deficiency in this essential micromineral is most common in the older population and is linked to heart disease and osteoporosis.
Possible Health Benefits:
It is best obtained through food but supplements are available.
Here is a list of health benefits associated with magnesium discovered by research suggestions:
Bone Health – plays a role in activating vitamin D, increases bone density and lowers risk of osteoporosis.
Reduces the risk of diabetes by improving carbohydrate and glucose metabolism.
Heart Health – lowers risk of fatty build up on the walls of the arteries an high blood pressure.
Premenstrual Syndrome – reduces bloating, insomnia, leg swelling, weight gain and breast tenderness (combining vitamin B6 appears to be even more effective).
Relieving anxiety – reductions in magnesium or alterations in the way it is processed has been found to increase levels of anxiety.
Foods High in Magnesium:
It is found in a wide variety of foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, brown rice, meat and dairy.
Magnesium is lost during the refinement process of wheat, so it is best to opt for cereals and bread products made with whole grains. Most common fruits, meat, and fish, are low in magnesium.
As chiropractors, we often recommend clients take a supplement to help with stress/anxiety, bone health, and muscle tension.