Friday, May 5, 2017

Magnesium for Health

Magnesium is important to maintain good health. It is a catalyst in many processes throughout the body. Yet hardly anyone gets enough. Ty Vincent, an integrative physician, says, "(Magnesium) is in lots of different foods, but because the soil they're grown in is often nutritionally depleted, it's difficult to consume an adequate amount." He suggests supplementing with 600 mg per day and notes that there are certain circumstances where 1000 mg may be beneficial. Magnesium regulates your blood pressure and helps to maintain strong bones. You might choose to supplement if...

You lead an active lifestyle
Magnesium is important for muscle functioning.  When you workout a lot, your reserves are used up quickly.

Your morning coffee extends to the afternoon
Drinking lots of coffee (or other diuretics) causes your kidneys to excrete large amounts of magnesium into your urine.

You suffer from frequent back pain, tension headaches or migraines
The mineral relieves muscles spasms, including those in your back and head.

You have chronic sleep problems
In addition to unkinking muscles, magnesium helps your body produce the sleep hormone melatonin.

You're often constipated
Magnesium helps by pulling water into your colon and improving muscle function. Look for magnesium glycinate which is easiest on the stomach.

Dr. Vincent recommends pairing the supplement with 50 to 100mg of vitamin B6, as these nutrients often work in tandem. Check with your doctor to see if magnesium supplements are right for you.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
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