5 Benefits of Magnesium

5 Benefits of Magnesium

With the influx of health-related information available to us, it can be challenging to figure out what you need to incorporate into your diet. While nothing beats a well-balanced diet and a consistent exercise routine, certain supplements can also help to improve your overall wellbeing. One of these supplements is Magnesium, which is an essential mineral that is required for over three-hundred biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium is needed for your body to function at an optimal level so talk to your physician to see if you can start incorporating the supplement it into your diet. While you can get it from natural food sources, it could be beneficial to start a supplement to ensure that you are receiving enough of it. Naturally, magnesium can be found in leafy green vegetables, sea vegetables (i.e., kelp), tomatoes, beans, artichokes, sweet potato and oat bran, to name a few. Here are just five of the many benefits of magnesium. 

A better sleep

Magnesium can help with battling insomnia as it has an anti-anxiety effect on the body and aids in relaxing your muscles. Studies have shown that elderly individuals who consume magnesium regularly had an improved quality of sleep through increased sleep time and a more sound sleep. In particular, the relaxing effects of magnesium can help you to stay asleep if you tend to wake up easily throughout the night.

Relieves back pain 

Not only is about fifty percent of the body’s magnesium stored in the bones but the mineral also aids calcium absorption, relaxing one’s muscles, reducing kidney stress and relieving tension. The combination of these five things can result in alleviated back pain. A magnesium-deficiency can sometimes worsen symptoms, so it is vital that you are getting enough of it. Fatigue and leg cramps are the first indications that you have a magnesium deficiency.

Reduces inflammation 

Inflammation in the body can lead to all sorts of ailments from heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and even cancer. Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between a magnesium deficiency and chronic inflammation in the body. Fortunately, consuming a magnesium supplement or increasing your intake of leafy greens and nuts, etc. can help to boost the magnesium levels in your body.

Relieves migraines

The severity and frequency of migraines can be reduced with proper magnesium intake. A study has shown that individuals who took a magnesium supplement had less severe headaches than those who did not.  

Improves skin

Magnesium increases the production of protein in the body that gets transformed into collagen. Collagen is a vital protein responsible for younger looking skin, stronger nails and healthier hair. So to have better skin and hair, it is essential to have adequate amounts of collagen in the body, which have a direct tie to the amount of magnesium in the body. Try taking both a magnesium supplement and a collagen supplement for added benefit. 


K. T. Edwards

K. T. Edwards graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in Media Production and English. She also studied Creative Writing at Oxford University and contributes to various media outlets. IG: @k.tea.edwards

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