What is Magnesium and Why You Need It

Powerful Minerals. Real benefits.
What does magnesium do in the body?

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. These reactions allow our bodies to regulate everyday activities such as breaking down food and pumping blood through your heart. Below are some ways that magnesium helps you on a daily basis.

Energize

Our cells need energy to function. When we eat, food is broken down and carbohydrates, fats and proteins enter the cell. There they are turned into fuel and used as building blocks to make new enzymes and proteins. To use these nutrients as energy, magnesium helps with the production of ATP, the process by which cells create energy stores. Without these valuable energy stores, the cell does not have the energy to perform the basic functions each cell is designed to carry out such as contracting and relaxing of the muscles.

Recover Better

Exercising relieves emotional stress, but the actual act of exercising causes stress on your body and muscles. When working hard, lactic acid builds up in muscle, making it harder to maintain high effort. Magnesium works to reduce the knots in muscles, so you can continue working at that high intensity for longer.

Some of the stress imposed on the body by exercise is due to micro-damage to the muscle cells. This is why you feel fatigued and sore after a workout. When resting, magnesium keeps your muscle fibers relaxed and when the brain sends a signal for contraction, magnesium is replaced with calcium so muscle contraction can occur. If you already have a magnesium deficiency, the calcium response gets too high and you may end up with of muscle cramps and muscle spasms.

Healthy Heart

Because magnesium is necessary for muscle function, you need it for one of the most important muscles in your body: your heart! This mineral works to keep your heartbeat regular. It also works to keep your blood pressure from getting too high. If you have a magnesium deficiency, you may have a higher risk of heart disease.

Balanced Brain

Your brain, much like your muscles, needs magnesium to function normally and keep signaling pathways in check. Nerve cells communicate with each other and other parts of your body, such as muscles, by signaling molecules. The primary role of magnesium in the brain and nervous system is to balance the signaling between nerve cells and make sure signals are only allowed through when there is a sufficient stimulus. When magnesium levels are low, this control is not working properly, which may contribute to a number of conditions.

Migraines are largely a mystery to doctors and patients. However, several conditions that lead to migraines are associated with magnesium deficiency including muscle tension and stress. Taking magnesium supplements is a natural way to decrease the intensity and frequency for migraine sufferers.

Epilepsy and seizures are often associated with low magnesium levels and treatment with magnesium has been shown to be successful in controlling the risk of reoccurring seizures.

Bridge the Gap.
Why supplement?

Vegetables and fruits absorb magnesium while they are growing, but due to the mineral depletion in our soils, they contain much less now than they did 100 years ago. Minerals must be present in the soil to show up in crops. There’s currently no law requiring that farmers label the nutritional content of their crops. Even if you are eating foods that are known for being magnesium-rich, you do not know if you are getting adequate amounts.

Because so many body systems rely on magnesium, it’s imperative that you receive the recommended daily amount. For men that is 420mg per day and for women it is 320mg per day. Because of the decreasing amounts of minerals in our food supply, supplements can be used to ensure that you are receiving enough to support the enzymatic reactions in your body.

Food is Fuel.
What foods have magnesium?

Foods with the highest amount of magnesium are dark, leafy greens like spinach and swiss chard. Some nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds, also give you a good dose. Some other sources include tuna, beans and lentils, whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa and avocados. There is a good chance that you are eating foods that are known to have magnesium, but the issue is that you don’t know how much magnesium you are getting because of the mineral depletion in our soils.

 

Know Your Sources.
Where is magnesium from?

Our magnesium M3 is extracted from seawater and subsoil rich in minerals. It is weighed and inspected and brought to our manufacturer. Once there, the raw materials are blended with zinc, vitamin B6 and malic acid. Water is added and upon cooling, the product is filtered out. Then the magnesium blend is dried to form a powder and tested for purity before being put into our capsules. 

What form of magnesium should I take?

There are many different magnesium products on the market. When looking for magnesium supplements, one of the most important qualities is bioavailability, or how easily it is absorbed. Magnesium that is not absorbed can have a laxative effect on the body.

PurePharma’s M3 is unique blend of magnesium chelate. We take this highly absorbable magnesium blend and combine it with zinc, vitamin B6 and malic acid, which act as enhancers for even better absorption. M3 is designed to restore and replenish magnesium with high-quality ingredients so that your body can recover as fast as possible.

There are a few types of magnesium you should avoid. One is magnesium oxide because the body has trouble absorbing it and therefore it can have a laxative effect. Others are magnesium glutamate and magnesium aspartate. These are both a component of aspartame, which should be avoided as much as possible.

How To Take It

To avoid stomach issues and diarrhea, magnesium should not be taken on an empty stomach. Certain foods can help promote magnesium absorption including complex carbohydrates, protein, medium chain triglycerides and fiber from fruit and vegetables.
When minerals are taken together, they tend to compete with each other to get absorbed. Calcium and phosphate have been shown to impair absorption. Because of this, it is recommended that magnesium is not taken with any dairy products because they are high in calcium. Alcohol also impairs the absorption of magnesium. 

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This blog was originally published on www.purepharma.com by Katy Utter.