Did you know magnesium is directly linked to brain function? Magnesium deficiency causes a whole range of signs and symptoms including agitation, anxiety, irritability, confusion, sleeplessness, headache, delirium, hallucinations and hyper excitability.
When my GP and Psychologist suggested Magnesium as one supplement to assist in the management of my depression, I smiled nodded and took some supplements. Only recently have I actually done my own research into magnesium and depression. The more I research the more I am convinced magnesium deficiency is a major factor in many health conditions.
Here are some Magnesium facts
Magnesium is a co-factor in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.
It is necessary for
- Transmission of nerve impulses
- Muscular activity
- Heart function
- Temperature regulation
- Formation of health bones
- Improving insulin sensitivity
Magnesium deficiency can cause the following
- Muscle cramps
- Headaches and migraines
- Loss of appetite
- Kidney stones
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sugar cravings
- Salt cravings
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Feeling dizzy upon standing suddenly
- Caffeine addiction
Chronic deficiency can result in
- Irregular heart rate
So how much Magnesium do we need?
The current recommended daily allowance for adults is between 250 and 320mg for women and 320 and 420mg for men daily.
If you exercise you need even more Magnesium
There is emerging evidence that magnesium requirements are significantly elevated in athletes, and that performance might benefit from higher intake.
Magnesium is also lost through sweat, so athletes training hard in hot and humid environments might further increase demands.
Why are we so deficient in Magnesium?
Generally we have inadequate dietary intake of magnesium. Depleted soil levels of magnesium means less magnesium in the food.
Fluoride use in the water supply since fluoride binds to magnesium and makes it unusable in the body. So Magnesium has been removed from most drinking water supplies, setting a stage for human magnesium deficiency.
Consumption of caffeine and sugar deplete magnesium (Rats!)
But there is another interesting factor in the magnesium picture. In addition to our magnesium deficient diet, stress causes us to delete our existing supplies.
Whaaaat? Double whammy. So we are low to start off with and we pee it out more when stressed. How this all works is complex and Dr Emily Deans explains it well in an article on Psychology today. (link below in references)
Do you have digestive issues?
People with malabsorption issues are even less likely to absorb magnesium. If you have Chrones, Ulcerative colitis or had bariatric surgery, such as gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy you may be at a higher risk of magnesium deficiency.
And now for the good news
The good news is that Magnesium is one of the easiest nutrient deficiencies to remedy. Of course there are magnesium tablets one can buy readily over the counter but is this enough?
Oral Magnesium supplements must be absorbed by the digestive system and pass through the kidneys. Expert estimates are that only 20-55% of internal magnesium from supplements are absorbed, so in most cases, the majority of internal magnesium supplements are exiting the body in urine.
Now I hate wasting money at the best of times but passing it down the loo is a whole new level of waste. Pun intended.
Following my naturally inquisitive quest for knowledge my search led me to trans-dermal magnesium treatments (applied directly to the skin).
What is trans-dermal therapy?
Transdermal magnesium products are applied directly to the skin. They are perfectly designed for topical application and are available in a number of different forms including Magnesium gel, oil, bath salts, body butter and lotions
Any of the trans-dermal (topical) applications can be applied easily and quickly either by simply spraying directly on the skin, applying as a lotion or a gel. An even more effortless method is through the simple ritual of taking a bath. Whichever way you go, it’s one less pills to swallow.
It’s always wise to research for yourself, try a product out or ask professional advice. As I keep warning you the information on this blog is purely my opinion only (see disclaimer)
I too thought this must be marketing propaganda. So I went out and spent my hard-earned dollars on some magnesium roll on gel. . . . I am officially a convert.
I have had a Dickie Knee for over 25 years, it gets worse after impact sport or exercise and is especially dodgy following extended periods of driving. It creaks and crunches and aches. My wonderful Chiropractor has been assisting me with relief on it for years.
Recently it has become worse to the point I could barely walk and driving any distance out of the question. I have finally succumbed and had x-rays and an ultrasound and have an appointment lined up with an orthopaedic surgeon to determine the fate of my poor knee.
I purchased the gel early last week and within 48 hours could weight bear again. WOW!! 7 days after beginning to use trans-dermal Magnesium I am almost pain-free. The change is incredible.
But that’s not all. As well as my knee being back to a decent functional level, I also noticed a considerable improvement in my mood. I feel calmer, brighter and more alert. Stay tuned!
Poor Rod may be getting sick of me chasing him all over the house any time he complains of an ache or pain but truth be known he loves the attention!
What is your experience?
Do you take magnesium? I would love to hear your experience.
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