Did you know that an alarming 80% of people are magnesium deficient. This can be caused by a lack of dietary intake, or by poor absorption.
It is estimated that 50-95% of children with ADHD are magnesium deficient and people with low magnesium levels are 6-7 times more likely to have metabolic syndrome than people with normal magnesium levels.
The primary source of magnesium comes from our soil. However due to modernised farming methods, our soils are rapidly becoming depleted of this important mineral.
What does Magnesium do?
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in our body and is essential for every major metabolic process. Yet it’s the second most common nutritional deficiency in developed countries.
Magnesium assists in maintaining healthy blood pressure, balancing blood sugar, keeping your heart rate steady, and relaxing muscles. It has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, promote better sleep, and relieve PMS symptoms. The biggest benefits of magnesium for women with PCOS may be its ability to alleviate anxiety, reduce blood pressure and regulate insulin.
Over the past 50 years, magnesium intake has fallen while rates of anxiety have skyrocketed and this may not be a coincidence.
“Magnesium is so important for those who are stressed.
Wired and Tired? You need Magnesium “- Dr Cobus Botha
Magnesium regulates hormone levels, specifically progesterone, which plays a huge role in fertility and the development of a healthy baby. Healthy levels can also alleviate morning sickness, hypertension, level mood swings and help prevent preterm labour.
Magnesium is required for the proper growth and maintenance of bones and the proper function of nerves and muscles. Low magnesium levels in the body have been linked to osteoporosis, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Signs You May Have a Magnesium Deficiency can include:
- Painful menstrual periods or severe PMS symptoms
- Intense cravings for sweets, especially chocolate
- Difficulty sleeping / insomnia
- Muscle cramping or frequent pain
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
- Mood changes such as anxiety, depression, anger, or irritability
- Insulin resistance or Metabolic syndrome
- Low energy levels / fatigue
- Brain fog / lack of focus and concentration
- Restless leg syndrome
- Inability to handle stress
Magnesium deficiency usually occurs when people have liver disorders, heart failure, vomiting or diarrhoea, kidney dysfunction, or Crohn’s Disease / Ulcerative Colitis (IBD).
What is Magnesium used for?
Magnesium has been used to help treat ADHD, asthma, fibromyalgia, cystic fibrosis, alcoholism, leg cramps at night and during pregnancy, depression, diabetes, migraines, osteoporosis, PMS, restless legs syndrome, premature labour and high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraine headaches due to its importance in balancing neurotransmitters in the body.
Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the world. But what causes anxiety? While aspects such as genes and the environment have been closely studied, more recently attention has shifted to nutrition as new findings suggest that anxiety is more common in developed countries than in developing countries. Studies have found that feelings of fear and panic can be significantly reduced with greater magnesium intake.
How does Magnesium work ?
Magnesium helps the body relax by ensuring the GABA receptors in our brain and nervous system are working as efficiently as possible. Low GABA is associated with numerous stress-related disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Restricts the release of stress hormones. Excess cortisol contributes to anxiety, depression, memory loss and brain fog.
Increases neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to heal itself, create new brain cells, and make new neural connections.
Lifts depression by raising levels of the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin.
Helps to keep blood sugar stable.
Addressing a magnesium deficiency can have a profound impact on your life. By getting your magnesium level into the healthy range, you can expect to have better mood, be more re