Fatigue, mental confusion, irritability, weakness, muscle spasms, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping or a feeling of weakness….do these sound familiar? You might suffer from a magnesium deficiency!
Magnesium relaxes nerves and muscles and promotes relaxation and restful sleep. Foods that are high in magnesium includes:
- Green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach and kale)
- Fruit (figs, avocado, banana and raspberries)
- Nuts and seeds
- Legumes (black beans, chickpeas and kidney beans)
- Vegetables (peas, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, artichokes, asparagus, brussels sprouts)
- Seafood (salmon, mackerel, tuna)
- Whole grains (brown rice and oats)
- Raw cacao
- Dark Chocolate
- Baked beans
- Chlorella powder
Invest in Health offers a few options for supplements containing magnesium. One of our personal favourites for combatting magnesium deficiency are:
Relaxes nerves and muscles and promotes relaxation and restful sleep. This new and improved product offers Magnesium Bisglycinate that is sweetened with stevia leaf extract. The powder can be dissolved in fruit juices so that very little bad taste is still evident. It can even be dissolved in water with only a slight aftertaste. Magnesium Bisglycinate is easy on the digestive system. This product is also part of our Bio-Max Series that uses forms of nutrients that have been clinically proven to be among the best absorbed and most highly bioavailable. Free of common allergens. Gluten and casein free. Ultra Tested®.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in many body functions as well as being a constituent of bones and teeth. It is an essential element of cellular metabolism and is an enzyme activator.
Other body actions include:
• relaxing nerve impulses and muscle contractions;
• promoting relaxation and contributing to restful sleep.
Signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include fatigue, mental confusion, irritability, weakness, muscle spasms, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping or a feeling of weakness. The Physician’s Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements states that recent data of inpatient and outpatient populations suggests that magnesium deficits may exist in 12% to 40% of individuals.
There are many different forms of magnesium, and no compelling data about absorption differences. However, there are reported differences in how different forms affect the gastrointestinal tract.
Forms and functions of some of these include:
• Oxide: tends to firm stools in some individuals and loosen stools in others
• Glycinate: a very gentle form of magnesium that is easier on the system
• Citrate: tends to loosen stools
• Sulfate: tends to loosen stools
• Chloride: tends to loosen stools.
Individual results may vary. Your physician should recommend the form that’s right for you.
Magnesium supplements usually have their beginning as minerals that have been influenced by our environment. For that reason, the purity of magnesium raw materials is important. Magnesium, like calcium, can have undesirable impurities present. Kirkman’s magnesium is Ultra Tested®, which means it is tested for more than 950 environmental contaminants, the highest standard of purity testing in the world.
Free from: Sugar, starch, soy, wheat, casein, gluten, milk, preservatives, yeast, gelatin, egg, flavourings, colourings, tree nuts or fish.
Different magnesium offerings in the links below:
Calcium Magnesium Liquid