Benefits of Magnesium Supplements
I personally found magnesium supplements remarkably helpful with an old injury to my left rotator cuff. I was playing tennis with a friend during in my college days and tore my left rotator cuff while serving a little too aggressively. It healed, but now in my 60s the pain returned making it difficult for me to raise my arm or sleep on my left side. I did physical therapy, but the pain continued. Then my holistic doctor recommended a magnesium supplement. Without any medication, the results from the magnesium alone were remarkable, and I am now pain free. Here are a few facts about the effects of magnesium supplements on the body.
Magnesium is an essential mineral found in whole grains, leafy green vegetables, legumes, and nuts that acts in hundreds of enzymatic reactions in your body. Studies have shown that adding magnesium to your diet may favorably affect many inflammatory disorders including insulin resistance, hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. (1)
Magnesium and Vitamin D
Another way magnesium can affect your health has been revealed. Previous studies had indicated that enzymes that synthesize and metabolize vitamin D are magnesium dependent. A more recent study by the National Cancer Institute involving 250 people discovered that magnesium supplementation increased vitamin D levels when the those levels were under 30. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 79% of US adults do not meet their Recommended Dietary Allowance of magnesium. (2)
I have often wondered why the blood levels of vitamin D in my patients was so low. I had assumed that it was due to the lack of sunshine here in Northern Ohio. Other factors could include the fact that many of the people who see me are anxious, depressed or in physical pain. These are all inflammatory illnesses. This along with lower magnesium levels are likely affecting their vitamin D levels and complicating all aspects of their life.
I have used magnesium supplements for years for my leg cramps/spasms I get from my fibromyalgia. Sometimes in the evening before bed my legs are so restless and in so much pain, and I just can’t bear it. When my mother recommended magnesium to me is was a life-saver. The results were nearly instantaneous and unbelievable, to say the least. I was shocked to have finally found something that worked at calming down my legs so that I could finally get a good night’s sleep.
According to the Sleep Doctor, Michael J. Breus (2017), the mineral magnesium has sleep-promoting, stress-reducing, and disease-protecting properties. Supplementation of magnesium is critical to your overall health. When your level gets too low, it can throw the body’s functions off course and raise risk for chronic health problems. Healthy magnesium levels protect metabolic health, stabilize mood, keep stress in check, promote better sleep, and contribute to heart and bone health (Breus, 2017). (3)
Magnesium is an essential mineral, one of seven essential macro-minerals the human body needs in large quantities. The body does not produce magnesium or any other mineral or vitamin. You must get these from your diet. Unfortunately, today’s fast pace keeps us eating unhealthily. Even when we do try and eat a little bit better, we aren’t getting the vitamins or minerals our food because our soil is no longer rich in nutrients because of all the pollutants. We must get what we need through supplementation.
(1) Sara A Chacko James Sul Yiqing Song Xinmin Li James LeBlanc Yuko You Anthony Butch Simin Liu. “Magnesium supplementation, metabolic and inflammatory markers, and global genomic and proteomic profiling: a randomized, double-blind, controlled, crossover trial in overweight individuals” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 93, Issue 2, 1 February 2011, Pages 463–473, https://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.110.002949
(2) Qi Dai Xiangzhu Zhu JoAnn E Manson Yiqing Song Xingnan Li Adrian A Franke Rebecca B Costello Andrea Rosanoff Hui NianLei Fan, et al. “Magnesium status and supplementation influence vitamin D status and metabolism: results from a randomized trial” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 108, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1249–1258,https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqy274
(3) Breus, M., J. (2017) Magnesium- How it affects your sleep. The Sleep Doctor. Retrieved from www.thesleepdoctor.com