Magnesium is extremely important to the normal healthy function of our bodies, yet it doesn’t get the media coverage it deserves.
Why do we need magnesium?
The human body needs magnesium to function properly as it helps with biochemical reactions like creating energy from food, regulating blood sugar and keep bones strong. Most people’s only source of magnesium is food, however modern diets lack many of the highest quality sources of magnesium meaning lots of people aren’t getting the nutrients they need.
The benefits of magnesium:
As magnesium is used by so many enzymes within the body, it provides numerous benefits and helps with an array of ailments. Some are listed below:
Magnesium works with calcium to keep bones strong and healthy. Magnesium helps the calcium to be assimilated into our bones and has been linked to an increased bone density and better formation of them.
People who have too much calcium in their diet, but not enough magnesium have an increased risk of ailments such as kidney stones and heart issues.
Regulates Blood Sugar
It is thought that a lot of people who suffer from type 2 diabetes also have low levels of magnesium, which can affect blood sugar levels within the body. Taking the recommended levels of magnesium can help suffers of diabetes manage the condition as well as helping to prevent it in people who are likely to develop it.
It has been suggested that sufferers of migraines are likely to be magnesium deficient, which can be the root cause of the headaches. Whilst increasing the amount of magnesium by changing diet or taking supplements may not completely stop migraines but it has been linked to reducing the symptoms.
Anxiety & Stress
Studies have found that magnesium can help reduce levels of stress and anxiety, in turn improving mood and your sense of wellbeing. Magnesium has even been linked to improving feelings related to depression, however there are relatively few studies into this area, but in our opinion anything that may help is worth trying.
For people who suffer from high blood pressure, increasing the amount of magnesium in your body can help to lower blood pressure according to some research. It should be noted though that the studies only showed improvement for people suffering from high blood pressure already.
What are the signs of magnesium deficiency?
Magnesium deficiency is also known as hypomagnesemia. It is generally due to a diet which doesn’t contain foods that are rich in magnesium and therefore lead to the body not getting enough to functional normally.
Some of the symptoms associated with a magnesium deficiency are:
- Lack of energy
- High blood pressure
- Muscle cramps
- Weak bones
- Mental health disorders
- Seizures (in severe cases)
Ways to increase magnesium intake
There are several methods you can use to increase the amount of magnesium in your body with the main ones listed below:
- Including more magnesium rich foods in your diet
Foods such as nuts, green leafy vegetables, meat, fish and dairy products are all rich in magnesium
- Taking oral magnesium supplements
Magnesium supplements are readily available online and in health food shops, however this method is not the most efficient way to increase levels, see below:
- Topical magnesium supplements
Topical products such as our Magnesium Lotions are quickly absorbed into the skin and allow the body to get the maximum benefit as well as moisturising the skin.
- Bath salts or flakes
The human body assimilates magnesium chloride very easily and so a very simple and easy way to increase magnesium levels is to bath in bath salts or flakes.
Why use topical magnesium?
Absorption through the skin is one of the quickest and easiest methods into our blood circulation. For magnesium, we recommend topical supplements as it allows the body to absorb more of the magnesium than oral supplements.
What are the side effects of magnesium?
As magnesium is essential to the normal function of the human body it is considered safe. Increasing the amount of magnesium can lead to some side effects such as:
- Stomach upset
Please note: these symptoms only occur when taking a magnesium supplement orally, there are no known side effects from taking magnesium topically.
For most people the side effects are temporary whilst the body adjusts to the increased levels of magnesium, however if side effects persist then we recommend you stop taking supplements.
How much magnesium does the body need?
Every person is different as is everyone’s tolerance and requirements for most things and daily recommended intakes vary from source to source.
From our research here at Alchemy Products, some people can require as much as 600mg of magnesium to get maximum benefit.
According to NHS guidelines for daily intake is:
Men: a minimum if 300mg per day
Women: a minimum of 270mg per day
Everyone needs magnesium for their bodies to function properly but the benefits of it are not shouted about enough!
If you feel like you might have a magnesium deficiency, try some of our magnesium range products that are as easy to use as taking a nice hot bath!
Please note we are not medically trained and the content of this article is for advice purposes only, if you have any concerns we recommend seeking medical advice.