Magnesium protects your long-term wellbeing!
Magnesium helps the pancreas produce and secrete the hormone insulin – required for regulation of blood glucose levels. This crucial mineral also helps our cells respond to insulin and produce energy when they take up this blood glucose. Research shows that people who consume enough magnesium are less likely to develop problems with their blood glucose regulation. Magnesium also helps keep cholesterol levels in balance and helps maintain healthy blood pressure – together these effects make magnesium a critical mineral for protecting cardiovascular health!
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in many biological processes within the body. It plays an important role in maintaining cardiovascular and metabolic health.
Magnesium supports heart health
Magnesium is needed for muscle contraction, so it helps the heart beat regularly and strongly. It keeps arteries and blood vessels flexible, aiding blood flow to important areas – including the heart and brain. It also helps maintain healthy blood pressure. Research shows that people who do not consume sufficient magnesium are more likely to develop problems with their cardiovascular health in later life.
Are you getting enough magnesium?
The recommended daily intake (RDI) for magnesium is 320mg per day for women and 420mg per day for men. However, many factors increase the demand for magnesium, including stress, alcohol consumption, and some medications. In addition, some stages of life (e.g. pregnancy older age) mean you may need more magnesium than the standard RDI.
Dietary sources of magnesium
Magnesium is abundant in green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Refined grains and processed foods contain little magnesium; these foods are, unfortunately, often over-consumed in a typical Western diet. It is unsurprising, there- fore, that research has shown that people eating a typical modern, Western diet are often not consuming the RDI for magnesium and are often magnesium deficient.
Your natural healthcare Practitioner can assess whether you need extra magnesium and recommend a supplement that is right for you.
Magnesium supplements can help fill the gaps
If you are magnesium deficient, supplements can help fill this nutritional gap. However, it is important to note that not all magnesium supplements are the same. For example, organic forms of magnesium such as magnesium citrate are more easily absorbed than inorganic forms such as magnesium oxide. And not all magnesium supplements contain a therapeutic dose of elemental magnesium, so getting advice from a qualified Practitioner can extremely beneficial.