Reduce Muscle Spasms and Muscle Cramps with Magnesium
What do an athlete suffering from muscle cramps, a young stressed student during exam time struggling with fatigue and/or sleep disorders, and someone experiencing depression all have in common? With a health practitioner's recommendation, they can all potentially benefit from the Magnesium, one of the 7 essential major macro-minerals our bodies require.
According to some sources, the recommended minimal intake of magnesium is around 100 mg a day and usually in relatively higher quantities of up to 500 mg. Magnesium is a mineral that our body requires for a variety of metabolic functions that impact our daily well being and quality of life; it can also function as a prophylactic, helping prevent many conditions that can develop with age. Diseases like Osteoporosis can directly affect magnesium levels, and as magnesium has been researched to strengthen bone density, it also aids with the assimilation of calcium into the bone along with triggering the activation of vitamin D in the kidneys, both of these supplements, (calcium and vitamin D), contributing to bone health. Those diagnosed with Osteoporosis are commonly recommended to take relatively high doses of magnesium.
The various uses of magnesium to help with the treatment of common and often chronic health issues and conditions can vary from depression, anxiety, Fibromyalgia, thyroid problems, and with its ability to alleviate muscle spasms, pain and sleep conditions, it has the power to treat multiple common symptoms of a variety of diseases simultaneously.
Magnesium deficiency can also affect serotonin levels in the brain, which can increase the possibility of chronic or case-specific anxiety and depression, both of which affect over 10s of millions American annually. Individuals struggling with both or either anxiety or depression are frequently recommended a relatively high dosage of magnesium. Some studies have indicated that the effects of magnesium on those suffering from depression due to diabetes have been just as effective as some trycilic antidepressants.
Magnesium is a major player in our digestion processes, as it activates enzymes. There are over 300 reactions in our body that require enzyme efficiency, affecting other crucial functions within our digestive system, such as the breakdown of fatty acids. As our body only naturally contains 25 mg of magnesium, the acquisition of additional sources of magnesium are found 50% in the brain, and the remainder residing in muscle, soft tissues, and bodily fluids. Intake of magnesium at recommended levels is best indicated to you by your doctor or a healthcare practitioner. In more substantial doses, and via food intake, magnesium has shown positive effects on heart health and regulation of blood pressure.
Ladies, this could be a big treat for you: research has shown that magnesium can relieve many of the symptoms that women experience with PMS – Premenstrual Syndrome. Let's give this acronym a new meaning - PMS: Power of Magnesium's Strength! For those that dread their monthly visit from Mother Nature, consult with a health practitioner about taking magnesium, as studies have shown that women taking this super mineral can see a decrease in premenstrual bloating, insomnia, weight gain, breast swelling and pain, and results can be optimized by taking vitamin B6 simultaneously.
Foods that are rich in magnesium include:
- a variety of seeds and nuts, such as sunflower and sesame seeds, almonds, and cashews and peanut butter
- dark and leafy greens like spinach and broccoli
- legumes and soy products like soy milk or edamame, kidney beans and black eye peas
- whole grains like brown rice and oatmeal
There are dozens of foods you can easily incorporate in your diet, and if they're already a part of it, just be more adamant about eating them and increase amounts based on a doctor's or nutritionist's recommendation.
Lastly, but certainly not least, how does our skin benefit from magnesium? As mentioned above, magnesium's power to increase enzymatic functions reflects in the treatment of prevention of skin conditions. With the correct consumption of high magnesium foods, or supplements, this powerful mineral can prevent acne outbreaks, wrinkles, allergies and all due a variety of chemical processes that magnesium actively plays a role in.
Our Dead Sea Mineral products can contribute to your skin maintenance with its natural magnesium levels, accompanied by a variety of trace minerals, vitamins and the densely rich resources that enhance your well being.