Magnesium is an abundant mineral found in the body, however many people are unaware of the numerous benefits of this wonderful compound. Magnesium plays a crucial part in the everyday functioning of a healthy body, such as helping with energy production and electrolyte balance to being a co-factor in supporting over 300 enzymatic reactions. Many ailments which individuals suffer from nowadays are indirectly correlated with having a Magnesium deficiency. Conditions such as hypertension (where there is too much Calcium compared to Magnesium in the blood which triggers blood vessels to convulse causing high blood pressure), muscle cramps and spasms (again, due to insufficient amounts of Magnesium compared to Calcium), and others such as indigestion, inflammation and fatigue to name a few could all improve with adequate Magnesium consumption.
Although there are many food sources that contain Magnesium, such as fish, nuts and seeds, it may be challenging to achieve the required amounts needed on a daily basis. In addition, most people are unaware that they have a Magnesium deficiency in the first instance. Supplementation is the ideal way to reach the required levels. Taking tablets orally, women would require around 310-320 mg per day, men around 400-420mg. However, there are other ways of getting the required levels without taking tablets.
Using Magnesium by transdermal administration (through the skin), absorption of this vital mineral can be up to 5 times faster than when tablets are used. Tablets taken orally can lose up to a third of the products effectivity – especially if the individual concerned has digestive health issues such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or Crohn’s Disease. When using Magnesium salts or flakes, whether having a full body soak or a footbath, the skin has the ability to take Magnesium to be transferred to the rest of the body to sites where it is required. From my experience Magnesium works best when it is sprayed in the form of oil all over the skin (between 10 – 20 sprays). I have found that the oil significantly reduces muscle cramps and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) after various exercise activities.
Magnesium is available in 9 different forms, for example, Oxide, Carbonate, Citrate and Malate. Its’ forms all vary significantly in terms of its bioavailability. Even though a form may provide a high level of elemental magnesium (the amount of magnesium contained within the product), the degree and rate that a form is absorbed by the body varies immensely. Therefore, Magnesium can be poorly absorbed by the body – this can be further compromised by digestive disorders and digestive processes – i.e. how long the magnesium remains in the gut in transit. In such case, Magnesium can load up with the end result producing a laxative effect, before reaching the tissues of the body that are meant to gain the benefit. When choosing to supplement with Magnesium, obtain the best quality available – Oxide tends to be poorly absorbed, however, I find Magnesium Citrate delivers a better result.
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