Posted by Physicians Preference Vitamins on 5/12/2023 to Vitamins and Supplements
Have you ever thought about what one vitamin you would take if you could only take one?
No really, I want you to think about it.
Is it vitamin D? Probiotic? Magnesium? Fish oil?
If magnesium was the first thing to pop into your mind, good.
While all supplements are critical to overall health, magnesium has a lot of great health benefits and women are commonly deficient in it. Without a doubt, magnesium should always be part of your daily vitamin routine.
Magnesium is a mineral that is an enzymatic cofactor in over 600 biochemical reactions in your body, so you can see how a magnesium deficiency can negatively affect your overall health. Higher magnesium levels are associated with good health and and improved quality of life. (1) It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heartbeat steady, and helps bones remain strong, just to name a few.
Magnesium for Stress, Sleep and PMS
When your body has sufficient magnesium levels, you can tell and you feel good. Relieving your body of unnecessary tension, magnesium helps your mind and body rest, allowing you to relieve stress and anxiety, which makes you a much happier mom, daughter, wife and colleague. Research demonstrates that magnesium can be a beneficial treatment for stress-associated mood and anxiety symptoms. (1)
Because magnesium naturally relaxes the muscles, it is one of the best nutrients to help you fall and stay asleep. It helps to calm the brain and releases tension in your skeletal muscles so you're able to relax completely and catch those important zzz's. Research shows that supplementing with magnesium was associated with better sleep quality and longer sleep. (2)
Magnesium has also been shown to work wonders for those suffering with PMS, such as cramps, headaches and irritability. Again, because of its ability to relax the body, cramps may be relieved before or during a woman's menstrual cycle, as well as tension headaches, stress and irritability.
Magnesium for Heart Health
Heart disease is the number one cause of death of women. Did you know that your heart can’t function properly without magnesium? Magnesium helps prevent muscle spasms of the blood vessels of the heart, which can lead to a high blood pressure and a heart attack. Magnesium also helps prevent calcium buildup in the arteries, which leads to clogged arteries. Research shows that magnesium was associated with a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and 22% lower risk of ischemic heart disease. (3) Elevated blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease, and magnesium has been used successfully to treat high blood pressure. (4)
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you might be deficient in magnesium:
- Muscle cramps/spasms
- Heart palpitations
- Chronic fatigue
- High blood pressure
- PMS/menstrual cramps
- Painful muscles and joints
So, how can you replenish your magnesium? Easy. Supplement with a highly bioavailable magnesium supplement, such as magnesium citrate or magnesium glycinate. You can also try liquid magnesium citrate. Pour Epsom salts (which contain magnesium) into a hot bath to help ease tense muscles and relieve joint and muscle pain.
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1. Effect of Magnesium and Vitamin B6 Supplementation on Mental Health and Quality of Life in Stressed Healthy Adults: Post-Hoc Analysis of a Randomised Controlled Trial
2. Association of Magnesium Intake With Sleep Duration and Sleep Quality: Findings From the CARDIA Study
3. Circulating and Dietary Magnesium and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Prospective Studies