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Unlocking the Power of Magnesium: A Mineral with Many Benefits

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

In the pursuit of holistic well-being, we often seek natural remedies that promote optimal health and vitality. One such remarkable mineral that deserves attention is magnesium. From regulating blood pressure to soothing muscle cramps, magnesium offers an array of benefits. In this blog post, we will explore the diverse types of magnesium and how magnesium gel and lotion can be valuable additions to your self-care routine. Plus links to my favorite magnesium supplements, gels and drops!

Disclaimer: The content on this site and my posts are for educational and informational purposes only and not meant as medical advice. It is not intended as medical advice or to replace a relationship with a qualified healthcare professional. There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. Please consult a clinician that is familiar with your care, if you have specific questions for your own care.



Understanding Magnesium and Its Importance:

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in various bodily functions. It is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions, contributing to energy production, protein synthesis, nerve function, and muscle contraction. Unfortunately, studies suggest that many people don't meet their recommended daily magnesium intake, leading to potential health issues.


Benefits of Magnesium:

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1. Regulating Blood Pressure: Maintaining healthy blood pressure levels is vital for cardiovascular health. Magnesium helps relax and dilate blood vessels, enabling smoother blood flow and reducing the strain on the heart. A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension in 2002 found that Magnesium Taurate supplementation helped reduce blood pressure in hypertensive rats. [Durlach J et al. Am J Hypertens. 2002;15(12):1070-5.]


2. Easing Muscle Cramps: Magnesium plays a key role in muscle function and relaxation. Deficiencies can lead to muscle cramps and spasms. By replenishing magnesium levels, you can alleviate these discomforts and promote proper muscle function. A study in the "Journal of Sports Science & Medicine" in 2014 found that magnesium supplementation improved muscle function and reduced the risk of muscle cramps in athletes. [Setaro, L., et al. (2014). Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 13(2), 280-284.]

3. Promoting Quality Sleep: Magnesium is also known to play a role in regulating sleep patterns. A study published in the journal Sleep in 2012 found that magnesium supplementation improved sleep efficiency, sleep time, and sleep onset latency in elderly adults with insomnia. [Abbasi, B., et al. (2012). Journal of Research in Medical Science, 17(12): 1161-1169.]


4. Enhancing Bone Health: Calcium often takes the spotlight when it comes to bone health, but magnesium is equally crucial. It aids in the absorption of calcium and contributes to bone strength, reducing the risk of osteoporosis. A study in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in 2006 showed that magnesium intake was positively associated with bone mineral density in older men and women. [Ryder, K. M., et al. (2005). The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 81(4), 921-927.]

5. Enhanced Cognitive Function and Brain Health: Magnesium is known to play a crucial role in maintaining brain health. A review article in the journal Nutrients in 2019 highlighted the importance of magnesium in neuroprotection and its potential to prevent or mitigate neurological disorders. [Barbagallo, M., et al. (2021). Nutrients, 12(2): 463.]


6. Anxiety and Depression: Some research indicates that magnesium supplementation, in general, may have a positive impact on mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. A study published in "PLOS ONE" in 2017 showed that magnesium supplementation reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients with magnesium deficiency. [Rajizadeh, A., et al. (2017). PLOS ONE, 12(6), e0178410.]


7. Reduced Risk of Migraines: Magnesium supplementation has

been explored as a potential treatment for migraine headaches. A review published in the Journal of Headache and Pain in 2012 suggested that magnesium may be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines. [Sarchielli, P, et al. (2012). Headache Pain, 13(Suppl 2), 31-70.] Some studies suggest that magnesium supplementation may help prevent migraines, as magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraines. A review in the journal "Headache" in 2019 discussed the role of magnesium in migraine prevention and found promising results, but more research is needed. [Tarighat Esfanjani, A., et al. (2019). Headache, 59(1), 70-78.]


Disclaimer: The content on this site and my posts are for educational and informational purposes only and not meant as medical advice. It is not intended as medical advice or to replace a relationship with a qualified healthcare professional. There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. Please consult a clinician that is familiar with your care, if you have specific questions for your own care.


Different Types of Magnesium:

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  1. Magnesium Citrate - best for constipation This form is widely available and highly bioavailable, making it effective for addressing magnesium deficiencies and suitable for various health concerns

  2. Magnesium Glycinate - best for muscle relaxation and stress management; easier on sensitive stomachs. [de Baaij J.H., et al. (2015). Physiological Reviews, 95(1):1-46.]

  3. Magnesium Taurate - best for cardiovascular health and blood pressure Enhances cardiovascular health by promoting healthy blood pressure levels and reducing the risk of arrhythmias. [Mousain-Bosc, M et al. (2006). Magnesium Research, 19(1): 46-52.]

  4. Magnesium Malate - best for increased energy levels Magnesium malate is beneficial for those seeking increased energy levels, as it plays a role in ATP production. [Pilchova, Ivana et al. (2017). Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity vol. 2017 (2017): 6797460.] It's also known for potentially helping with muscle pain and fibromyalgia symptoms. [Abraham GE, Flechas JD. (1992). J Nutr Med. 3:49-59.]

  5. Magnesium Threonate - best for cognitive benefits This form is renowned for its potential cognitive benefits, as it can cross the blood-brain barrier. It may enhance memory and cognitive function by increasing magnesium levels in the brain. [de Baaij J.H., et al. (2015). Physiological Reviews, 95(1):1-46.]

  6. Magnesium Sulfate Commonly known as Epsom salt, magnesium sulfate is often used in baths to relax muscles and soothe skin conditions. It's absorbed through the skin, providing localized relief.

  7. Magnesium Chloride - best for topical pain relief and muscle relaxation. This form is often used in topical applications, including gels and lotions, offering localized benefits for muscle relaxation and pain relief.

Disclaimer: The content on this site and my posts are for educational and informational purposes only and not meant as medical advice. It is not intended as medical advice or to replace a relationship with a qualified healthcare professional. There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. Please consult a clinician that is familiar with your care, if you have specific questions for your own care.


The Best Magnesium Products:

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  1. Magnesium Gel and Lotion: These topical products offer targeted relief for muscle cramps, joint pain, and soreness. The skin readily absorbs magnesium, allowing it to act directly on affected areas. Trace Minerals Gel is always my favorite to have on hand and even bring when we're traveling, in case I get too adventurous - I usually find them cheaper on Fullscripts (click here to setup your account and save 20%) but depending on the day Amazon can have a good deal too! Trace Minerals also has a lotion that I have never tried, too!

  2. Magnesium Drops: For those seeking an easily customizable dose, magnesium drops are an excellent choice. They can be added to water or beverages, ensuring optimal absorption. I personally use Keto Chow's Magnesium Drops plus Adaptive Nutrition's Hi-Lyte Electrolytes which has a Potassium, Magnesium and Sodium blend.

    1. Keto Chow's Magnesium Drops

      1. I only add a few drops to my water and it doesn't have much taste to me. If I add too much it can add a bitter taste to my water

      2. Available on Amazon or Keto Chow's site

      3. Your best deal depends how often you buy it, as Keto Chow does have a rather high spend to qualify for free shipping, but you also accrue points for each purchase that you can use for a discount in the future. Use my referral link for 5% off your order here

    2. Adaptive Nutrition's Hi-Lyte Electrolytes

      1. I add a good amount of drops to my water and it doesn't have ANY taste to me - believe me, this was a bit of a battle. My husband claims it tastes weird haha. If I add too much it just gets slightly salty.

      2. Available on Amazon or Adaptive Nutrition's Site

      3. Your best deal depends how often you buy the product. If you buy through Adaptive Nutrition you accrue points for each purchase that you can use for a discount in the future. Use my referral link for 10$ off your first order here

  3. Magnesium Supplements: Available in various forms, including capsules and tablets, magnesium supplements are a convenient way to meet your daily magnesium needs. They are particularly useful for those with dietary restrictions. My favorite is a tri-mag combo by DaVinci laboratories that has Magnesium Taurate, Magnesium Glycinate and Magnesium Malate - this is another product I usually find them cheaper on Fullscripts (click here to setup your account and save 20%) but depending on the day Amazon can have a good deal too! Trace Minerals also has a lotion that I have never tried, too! Calm is another popular supplement, but I quickly learned that magnesium citrate does not sit well with me - quite literally











Disclaimer: The content on this site and my posts are for educational and informational purposes only and not meant as medical advice. It is not intended as medical advice or to replace a relationship with a qualified healthcare professional. There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. Please consult a clinician that is familiar with your care, if you have specific questions for your own care.


Conclusion

Magnesium is undoubtedly an unsung hero in the world of health and wellness. With a variety of forms and products available, you can easily incorporate magnesium into your daily routine to address specific health concerns or simply to maintain your overall well-being. Always consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best magnesium regimen for your unique needs. Embrace the power of magnesium and experience the many benefits it has to offer for yourself.




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