Magnesium has been my best friend over recent months. It has helped with muscle pain and mood and has so many more benefits for the whole body!
Effects of low magnesium
Low levels of magnesium can cause muscle pain and spasm. This can show as leg cramps, general body tenderness, migraines, insomnia, twitching, asthma and irregular heart beat.
Low magnesium has also been linked to PMS, mood swings, ADHD, anxiety and depression.
Magnesium has many benefits
Following on from the effects of low magnesium it makes sense that increasing magnesium can reduce or eliminate the above problems.
Magnesium has helped me with muscle cramps due to my increased exercise levels. I also feel that it has helped me with improved mood also.
Magnesium is prescribed in those with the heart condition atrial fibrillation to prevent heart muscle spasms. Magnesium may also help lung muscle spasm preventing symptoms of asthma.
It has been shown in studies that significant numbers of children diagnosed with ADHD had low magnesium levels and that symptoms improved when magnesium supplements were given.
Magnesium helps many parts of our body to relax. It is so good that it can soak through our skin and into our bodies to ease muscle soreness when we add Epsom salts to a bath.
Increasing magnesium levels
Magnesium levels are low in many people due to the way food is processed and farmed.
Magnesium levels can be increased through diet though supplementation is often needed to bring levels up, especially if a medical condition is being treated.
Foods that contain magnesium include; spinach, chocolate(!), broccoli, brown rice, oats, legumes and tomatoes.
There are many kinds of magnesium supplements and the main difference is the molecule that is attached to the magnesium to allow it to be absorbed in the body.
If you see magnesium written as magnesium glycinate, amino acid chelate or aspartate these are good, well absorbed forms (and there are others).
Cheap magnesium supplements often contain magnesium oxide which is not very well absorbed and can cause diarrhea.
There are many good magnesium supplements that can be used for adults and children. It is important to consult your health practitioner before commencing a supplement to make sure that it is right for you and that you are taking the right dose. Magnesium levels can increase too much in your body if you have liver or kidney problems or if you take thyroid medication or lithium.