The Hype Behind Magnesium
The hype around magnesium supplements is certainly growing and for good reason. For those who don’t know the health benefits of taking magnesium supplements or who are unaware of their importance, let me introduce you to Ned! Ned is a Boulder- local business that specializes in all things magnesium such as flavored and unflavored supplement powder, education about its benefits, as well as implementing sustainable practices into their business model and production flow.
Magnesium in itself is an essential mineral and one of the seven essential macrominerals that your body needs in large quantities in order to stay healthy. Since the human body does not naturally produce magnesium, it must be sourced through diet. Magnesium is found in large quantities in foods such as dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts, squash, broccoli, and other vegetables, dairy products, meat, legumes, unprocessed whole grains, chocolate, and coffee. This list is long but in reality you need about 100-350 milligrams of magnesium per day depending on how deficient/efficient you are. To make sure that you get enough quality magnesium each day, a majority of people take supplements, such as Ned, in the morning or at night though it’s recommended at nightime.
The benefits of magnesium are high due to its key role of regulating the human body as an enabler of healthy enzyme function and therefore is involved in more than 300 different enzyme-related functions in the body's cells. In addition, magnesium has an important role in energy production and the ATP process by activating the energy molecule that fuels the cells in yours body, regulates the transport of calcium, potassium, and other essential minerals, helps control your body’s stress-response systems, as well as aids bone development and prevents loss. This is just the science behind the true benefits of taking magnesium supplements and how helpful they are to most of the U.S. who are magnesium deficient.
- Better sleep by maintaining levels of GABA
- Stress reduction and mood stabilization
- Bone health, magnesium helps build bone
- Cardiovascular health, mg regulates muscle regulation
- blood pressure regulation,
- Relief from pain
As with any supplement you are considering taking, you should always consult with your doctor to make sure what you’re getting supplements for will be beneficial for you rather than harmful. Possible side effects of taking too much magnesium vary, however should expect bloating, diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting. People who should be careful taking magnesium are;
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People with bleeding disorders
- People with heart block
- People with kidney problems