Magnesium is becoming a really popular supplement, and for good reason! It has so many great health benefits, and is associated with lower risk of a number of different health conditions and diseases. This post helps explain what magnesium is, which type you should be taking, symptoms that mean you might be deficient, and my favorite magnesium supplements.
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral and element, and is also considered to be an electrolyte of the body. It’s needed for so many different functions in the body and plays a large role in our health. According to the World Health Organization, about 60% of us are deficient in Magnesium. Most of the magnesium in your body is actually stored in your muscles, your soft tissue, and your bones, with less than 1% being found in the blood. It’s a really helpful natural treatment for things like asthma, muscle pain, menstrual cramps, PMS, anxiety, and migraines.
Symptoms and conditions associated with magnesium deficiency:
If you are deficient you might experience twitching of your eyes, tight muscles, migraines, or high blood pressure. Deficiency has also been associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s, Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and ADHD.
How to check your magnesium levels:
I recommend asking your doctor to check your levels. I often check magnesium levels as a part of a panel that checks your levels of vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and electrolytes. It’s a great test if you’re trying to decide what you should supplement with or what you need to increase in your diet. It’s also helpful if you’re struggling with unexplained symptoms such as hair loss, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, weight problems, anxiety, and much more.
Food sources of magnesium
- dark leafy greens like spinach, and chard
- pumpkin seeds
- dark chocolate (yes, this is real…win win!)
Types of magnesium:
Best magnesium supplements:
Different things work for different people, but these items are some of my personal favorites, and what I recommend to many of my patients! They are also great quality products which is hard to find in an unregulated market (check out this post I wrote all about how to choose the best supplements).
Calm magnesium for anxiety:
Magnesium for migraines, menstrual cramps, asthma, relief of muscle tension and more:
Magnesium for mineral and electrolyte support: (I add this to my water daily!)
Do you have any of these symptoms or conditions associated with magnesium deficiency? Have you ever supplemented with magnesium? Let me know in the comments!
If you are interested in having your magnesium levels (or levels of any other vitamins or nutrients tested), I can have a kit sent to your location. To learn more about these tests, or my Naturopathic services, please email Contact@DrKananiND.com or visit www.DrKananiND.com.
In health and wellness,
Dr. Nikka Kanani, ND