Over 50% of people in the United States are not getting enough magnesium in their diets. Modern farming practices have depleted our soil of magnesium and other minerals. In addition, the standard American diet is lacking in whole foods that contain magnesium and there are gastrointestinal conditions that can inhibit the absorption of magnesium such as crohn’s disease and celiac disease.
Magnesium supplementation benefits include supporting the adrenal glands in times of stress, supporting thyroid function, reducing blood pressure, support bone health, improve digestion, decrease headaches, relieve constipation, improve digestion, lessen menstrual cramps, improve sleep, improve vitamin D absorption, improve PMS symptoms and is essential for fetal development during pregnancy.
Foods that are high in magnesium include green leafy vegetables, seeds, almonds, black beans, avocados, spinach and dark chocolate.
However, not all magnesiums are the same. Which one is right for you?
Magnesium citrate- May help with constipation
Magnesium glycinate- May help with menstrual cycle complaints, sleep, anxiety, memory & muscle tightness
Magnesium malate- May help with chronic fatigue
Magnesium L threonate- May help with concussions, improve memory
Magnesium Oxide- May help with sleep and a calming
Magnesium sulfide- Commonly used in epsom salt baths
Magnesium levels can be tested through blood, but deficiencies can be clear through signs and symptoms. Please talk to your doctor before supplementation of magnesium as it may not be right for everyone and may interfere with certain medications.
*This is not meant to be personal medical advice. Please consult your doctor for more information.