Magnesium: the Mighty Mineral
Magnesium is one of the seven essential vitamins dubbed macro minerals. That means the body requires over 100 mg a day for peak efficiency. Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body; it keeps muscles and nerves functioning normally, maintains the rhythm of the heart, boosts the immune system and strengthens our bones.
We should get all the magnesium from the food we eat, but changes to diet, combined with lifestyle and environmental factors that deplete our levels of magnesium, can quickly make for a deficiency in this invaluable nutrient.
A low level of magnesium is often called the ‘invisible deficiency’ as it’s easy to blame symptoms on the stresses and strains of modern day life. This can include aches and pains, anxiety, fatigue, muscle weakness, insomnia and loss of appetite. A pronounced magnesium deficiency can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea, recurrent migraines, abnormal heart rhythms and muscle spasms.
Top 5 Benefits of Magnesium
#1 Strong bones
Magnesium plays a direct role in the density and strength of your bones. It’s an important mineral for women as it helps to prevent the development of osteoporosis. Combined with vitamin D, copper and zinc, magnesium helps to regulate the levels of calcium in the body.
#2 A healthy heart
A deficiency in magnesium can lead to heart disease and an increased risk of heart attack. The benefits it brings to the heart are many, from promoting regular rhythm, shielding the heart from muscle stress and preventing problems such as vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation and indigestion that all put the heart under stress.
#3 Beat high blood pressure
One in three adults are thought to suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension. Magnesium, in combination with calcium, is thought to be vital for reducing blood pressure to healthy levels.
#4 Avoid diabetes
Magnesium regulates your insulin levels and, in particular, how they react to sugar in your bloodstream.
#5 Relieve anxiety, insomnia and depression
Magnesium is a powerful antidote to stress and has found to prevent anxiety, nervousness and irritability, as well as being key in treating more serious cases of depression. It can also restore sleep patterns to help beat fatigue.
Magnesium is an essential component of many of our IV drips as we recognise the importance of this mighty mineral for optimum performance of mind and body. Call IV Boost UK on 020 3095 0002 to find out more.