This article was updated on September 14, 2021.
Turns out miracle supplement magnesium has a host of benefits everyone should be looking into. Increasing your magnesium intake leads to better sleep, less inflammation, elevated mood, and more energy throughout the day! A study featured in Woman’s World makes it abundantly clear that you need to start incorporating more magnesium in your diet today.
What does magnesium do for the body?
Magnesium helps facilitate so many vital systems within our body I’m surprised we haven’t heard more about it until now. Let’s remedy that with the following information from Ashley Lall who recently covered the little vitamin that could.
“Magnesium helps us convert food into energy, form new proteins for muscle tissue, create and repair our DNA, contract and relax our muscles, and regulate our nervous system, to name a few. So getting more magnesium in your diet can help you age slower, have more energy, sleep better — and even lose weight!”
Magnesium helps combat seasonal depression
With the cold months fast approaching we’re all looking into ways to stave off those winter blues. Turns out magnesium can help. Vitamin D is another vitamin linked to improving mood when levels are higher but without magnesium in the mix the body won’t properly metabolize it leading to vascular calcification.
Think of it like this—imagine you have a great screenplay you’ve been sitting on for months. Do you have a close friend who pushes you to believe in your work and enter that brilliant documentary into film festivals this year? Well, consider magnesium that “friend” that finally encouraged you to follow through on your dreams and make them happen.
Without magnesium Vitamin D essentially collects dust in your reserves of nutrients that never see the light of day to facilitate better moods and more energy.
Magnesium promotes better rest
I don’t know about you but I’ve had quite a few restless nights this year. Increasing magnesium through supplements or a diet rich in almonds, avocados, oily fish, and leafy greens can help get you that 6 to 8 hours you need for a productive day.
Melatonin, a well known holistic sleep-aid, coupled with magnesium acts as an anti-anxiety substitute for regulating anxious moods and heightened states. This powerful combination of supplements binds to the GABA neurotransmitter responsible for regulating anxious, intrusive thoughts. These thoughts can reach a deafening cacophony right before bedtime.
This is a huge breakthrough for folks who rely on addictive benzodiazepines like Ambien and Ativan for some shut-eye that may have struggled with substance abuse problems in the past. Honestly, this could be a welcome solution to the opioid crisis facing America.
“The clinical significance of GABA cannot be underestimated. Disorder in GABA signaling is implicated in a multitude of neurologic and psychiatric conditions. Modulation of GABA signaling is the basis of many pharmacologic treatments in neurology, psychiatry, and anesthesia.” – Benjamin E. Jewett; Sandeep Sharma; co-authors of a recent study featured in PubMed
Magnesium hinders chronic inflammation
Along with the two aforementioned benefits to your mind and body magnesium also alleviates chronic inflammation. What does that mean for you? For women, this can mean alleviation of debilitating menstrual cramps and migraines.
People that love to exercise can glean anti-inflammatory benefits after going for a run. Older folks fighting obesity, diabetes or other underlying health conditions that come naturally with age also reap the benefits of rounding out their diet with increased magnesium intake.
If it’s hard to keep healthy foods in the fridge opt for a multi-vitamin for your specific needs and talk to your doctor to check that it won’t interfere with any other medications you’re currently taking. Ashley Lall has this to say on the matter.
“Inflammation is the root cause of many diseases, as well as things like joint and muscle pain. A low intake of magnesium has been linked to chronic inflammation. On top of sickness, chronic inflammation can cause things like premature aging and obesity, which means that increasing your magnesium intake is important if you’re looking to maintain a healthy body and weight over time.”
What I learned
These exciting new discoveries in supplemental aids and nutrients, and how they can aid our bodies everyday functions, are a huge breakthrough in cognitive, metabolic, and psychiatric science! Folks with neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease can hold hope in more studies like this to provide relief to symptoms and frustrations associated with otherwise incurable illnesses. The proper nutrients and supplements can even significantly lengthen their lifespan. Science always finds a way.