There’s one mineral that influences nearly all aspects of life, you have probably had it as a supplement before, and if you haven’t, then keep reading to learn about how magnesium can benefit you.
Magnesium might just be the unsung hero of our well-being.
You might wonder, what’s the fuss about magnesium? Why are there so many different types of magnesium? Which one is right for me? Well, let’s unravel the mystery and understand why this mineral is crucial for our health.
What is Magnesium and Why is it Essential?
Magnesium is a mineral, a bit like the tiny spark plug in a car engine—it’s small, but very important! It plays a significant role in over 300 chemical reactions in the human body. From helping with nerve and muscle function, energy production, blood pressure support, it supports a healthy immune system, and is essential in helping with bone development; magnesium is like a backstage crew member making sure the show runs smoothly.
Sources and Soil Struggles
Now, where does this powerhouse mineral come from? Well, it’s found in a variety of foods like nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and whole grains. But here’s the catch: the soil where our food grows isn’t as rich in magnesium as it used to be.
Modern agricultural practices have depleted the soil of essential nutrients, including magnesium. This means even if we’re eating all the right foods, we might still not be getting enough of this crucial mineral.
So Many Options! So Many Types of Magnesium
We learned earlier that magnesium influences over 300 functions of our health, making magnesium supplementation great for specific and individual uses. Magnesium comes in lots of different forms. If you ate raw magnesium powder, your body would not absorb it. Magnesium supplements pre-package the mineral with a protein, or another chemical, to help with absorption.
Each form of magnesium has its own unique characteristics and absorption rates.
Here are some common types:
Magnesium Stearate: This is not actually a supplemental form of magnesium, but a non-medicinal additive used in many vitamins. It’s lubricant that allows capsules to be filled easier. Magnesium stearate is often avoided in many professional grade supplements as there isn’t a lot of information about it’s long-term safety.
Magnesium Oxide: Found in many supplements, but its absorption rate is lower compared to other forms.
Magnesium Carbonate: (A.K.A. Chalk) Often used in antacids and has a laxative effect, this form won’t absorb to get the magnesium on the inside, unless it is activated hot water and Citric Acid to make Magnesium Citrate.
Magnesium Citrate: Known for its better absorption and often used to support digestive health, kidney health, relaxation, and sleep.
Magnesium Glycinate / Bisglycinate: Gentle on the stomach and easily absorbed, making it a popular choice for supplementation. Best used for sleep and muscular relaxation.
Magnesium Malate: Known for its potential to boost energy levels and reduce muscle pain. This is a Better Living favourite to recommend for sciatica pain.
Magnesium Orotate: Often used to support heart health and exercise performance, it specifically helps the heart muscle to function.
Magnesium Taurate: A form that combines magnesium with taurine, known for its potential benefits for heart health by relaxing blood vessels and can potentially reduce blood pressure.
Magnesium Threonate: Another Better Living favourite, Magnesium Threonate is one of the only magnesium forms to be able to increase magnesium in the brain, potentially enhancing cognitive function, assisting in migraines, memory, mood, and rest.
Choosing the right type of magnesium depends on your specific health needs and preferences.
For instance, if you struggle with digestive issues, magnesium citrate might be a good option.
Or if you’re aiming to support brain health, magnesium threonate could be beneficial.
From supporting our muscles to keeping our brains sharp, this mineral is a true multitasker.
However, due to soil depletion and varied absorption rates among different forms, it can be tricky to ensure we’re getting enough through our diets alone. That’s where supplementation and making informed choices about the type of magnesium can step in to bridge the gap.
So, here’s to embracing the power of magnesium and nurturing our bodies from the inside out!
If you have any questions about which magnesium is right for you, contact us at Better Living, our nutritionists would be happy to help you.