3 conditions magnesium can help with

As the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, magnesium plays a pivotal role in helping your body function.

Used in over 300 biochemical reactions in your body, magnesium turns the food we eat into energy and ensures that our parathyroid glands work normally to aid the health of our bones. These factors are all essential when it comes to living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Yet despite its importance, we’re not getting enough in our diets.1 Here are three ways magnesium could help make your daily life a little bit easier.

Hyperactivity


Hyperactivity, commonly associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can impact the way you work and live your life. Whether that’s making impulsive decisions or struggling to concentrate and acting out as a result, hyperactivity can make life very challenging.

While the cause of ADHD in particular is unknown, the condition has been shown to run in families.2 However, an oral loading test carried out on 50 hyperactive children, aged 7-12 years, found that magnesium had a positive response on controlling it.3 Further research published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, also revealed that adults with ADHD who took a range of supplements, including magnesium, reported a greater improvement in both their inattention and hyperactivity after eight weeks.4

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Migraines

Migraines can stop you from working and in some cases leave you bed bound. Research has shown that those who suffer from migraines may be lacking in magnesium.5

Muscle weakness and fatigue

A key sign of magnesium deficiency is muscle weakness.6 It’s believed that muscle weakness is caused by a loss of potassium in muscle cells, which is closely linked with magnesium deficiency.7 Magnesium has also been shown to increase oxygenation in competitive athletes to help performance and lower corsitol levels after intense exercise to keep their blood pressure down.8

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How to get more magnesium into your diet?

On a daily basis, women should be looking to have 270mg of magnesium and men 300mg.9 You can find this essential mineral in nuts, seeds, brown rice, bread, avocado, yoghurt, quinoa, green leafy vegetables and dark chocolate (result).

There are a number of supplements you can take that contain magnesium too.

However, you should avoid consuming more than recommended as it could give you an upset stomach.

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Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please consult a doctor or healthcare professional before trying any remedies.

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Sources

  1. https://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/news/2017/april/magnesium-cream-absorbed-through-skin-significantly-boosts-magnesium-levels-in-the-blood,-first-study-on-humans-finds
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9368236
  4. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry
  5. http://www.nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk/migraine-and-headaches/migraine-and-headache-factsheets/natural-remedies-for-migraine-should-i-try-them/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11300621
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17804670
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9794094
  9. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/others/#magnesium
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