Magnesium is an essential mineral used in over 300 biochemical processes within the body. Magnesium is essential in times of stress and supports healthy moods. It also relaxes your muscles and plays a key role in energy production. This important mineral also helps your heart by supporting healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as maintaining a steady heartbeat.
Many Australians are magnesium deficient. Hundreds of years ago, our foods were naturally rich in magnesium and deficiency was rare. However, with the increase in food processing and the refinement of grains, these once abundant foods are now containing significantly less magnesium. For example, the refined wheat flour often eaten today contains only 16% of the magnesium found in the whole wheat grain!
So how do you know if you are deficient?
Some of the signs include:
- Tension headaches and migraines
- Tiredness, lethargy and fatigue
- Lowered ability to cope with stress
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Muscle cramping and spasms
- High blood pressure
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Chronic fatigue
- Restless legs
If you are experiencing one or more of the above on a regular basis, you may be magnesium deficient.
Stress will always be a part of our lives at some point in fact many of us are stressed daily, which increases the body’s demand for magnesium. Stress hormones are increasingly released when magnesium levels are low. When you are stressed, your body excretes more magnesium, at a time when you need it most! This may lead you to feeling anxious and uptight. Magnesium with Taurine and B Vitamins can help to reduce these negative effects and assist in breaking the stress cycle.
Magnesium and Taurine have also been shown to decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and support healthy heart function.
Increasing your magnesium stores
Magnesium is found in a wide range of nutrient-rich foods, which should be included in your diet each day.
- Green leafy vegetables – (Kale, spinach and silverbeet)
- Nuts and seeds – (Raw almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
- Whole grains – (Rye, oats, quinoa, buckwheat, wheat)
Magnesium in a tablet form is of course also available. If you are in poor health or taking any prescribed medications, we recommend speaking first with your medical practitioner or obtain advice from your local pharmacist.