Magnesium is an essential mineral required for human health. It’s the 4th most abundant mineral in the body and is utilised in more than 300 metabolic reactions including energy production, electrolyte balance, regulation of muscle contraction and nerve conduction.
In clinic we often see people with depleted magnesium intake due to a wide range of reasons including:
Poor dietary habits
Pharmaceutical drug use
Nutrient-depleted growing soils
Other reasons why people may be depleted in magnesium could be caused by underlying factors impacting magnesium absorption and status such as:
Digestive issue impacting absorption
Acute and chronic stress *
*Often during times of stress, the hormones which are released can lead to magnesium depletion. As a consequence, stress increases the body’s need for magnesium. This is why magnesium is often the “go-to” supplement is clinical practice when people come into clinic with stress.
A few of the more common signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
Muscular complaints; muscle cramps, spasms, weakness and trembling
Personality changes e.g.: depression, irritability and impaired concentration
Due to its diverse role within the body, magnesium supplementation not only assists with the impact of stress but may also be used to help with behavioural disturbances in children, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, headaches, hypertension and osteoporosis, it is also excellent for period pain and constipation.
There are many different types of magnesium supplements and it is best to go for practitioner-only products as they are found to be better absorbed and there are many formulas designed to assist more specific conditions. If you think you may benefit from magnesium supplementation, contact the team at Naturally Dynamic Health on (02) 6021 0557.