Magnesium, The Great Relaxer

healthy treat

Top off your meal with a magnesium rich desert.

There’s no doubt that today’s hard driving competitive world creates a lot of stress and tension and can really leave you feeling burnt out at times, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  I might have a quick fix in a jar for you, in something as simple as magnesium.

If you are like most people you are simply not getting enough of this critical mineral.  In the US alone, less than 30% of the populace gets the minimum RDA.  This may be one of the underlying reason why so many of us report feeling stressed out all of the time.  Magnesium is natures great stress reducer, and the related benefits of correcting the problem are very interesting at the least:

* Magnesium supplementation/ingestion before bedtime can greatly increase the chances of getting a deep sound sleep.

* The mineral can reduce the aches and muscle soreness associated with vigorous exercise.

*  Magnesium can be used to enhance immunity.  It is required for the production of that all important bodily antioxidant Glutathione.

*  The supplementation of magnesium alone can be sufficient is some cases to reduce moderately high blood pressure.  (see “Studies” page above)  Magnesium is a natural calcium-channel blocker, it tempers the stimulatory effects of calcium.

The many important functions of magnesium are well known.  It is a cofactor in over 300 critical reactions.  Everything from bone formation, energy production, immune function and nerve activity are all effected.  What’s interesting is the fact that although magnesium is present in so many food sources like nuts, dark chocolate, leafy green vegetables, bananas, whole grain products, etc., so many of us are deficient in it.  This may be explained by the other things we are famous for imbibing in.

Did you know that if you have a soda with your meal you are shutting down the benefits of the positive nutrients you just consumed?  The phosphates in colas bind with minerals like magnesium, greatly inhibit its absorption.  (studies page)   That’s also saying nothing of the calories in that drink of course 🙂

Taking a calcium supplement with your magnesium one, or with foods containing it can also block the absorption.  This is ironic because many mineral supplement manufactures group them together in one capsule.  You should always take minerals separately, unlike vitamins.

Refined sugar products like pastries, candy  and other sweets can cause the body to excrete magnesium.  Its therefore best to limit these severely in your diet.  My one exception is the little treat shown above.  Its dark chocolate covered almonds and other nuts is actually very high in magnesium, and the chocolate also contains resveratrol and other highly beneficial antioxidants.  Its a good way you can “pull your sweet tooth” without any negative repercussions!

Of course you can always opt for a supplement.  As stated above there are a host of benefits to be gained by taking 250 mgs or so every day.  The stress relief alone that it provides is well worth the small cost of that bottle.   And it’s right there on the shelf for you at the store – why not grab it!

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About Warren Dostie

Fitness trainer, author and avid anti-aging specialist. Age 55
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