The Many Marvels of Magnesium
Magnesium, named after a region called Magnesia in Greece where it was first discovered, is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body. It plays various important roles in the health of the body and brain including energy creation, muscle movements and nervous system regulation. Although this mineral is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body, studies have found that approximately 50% of people in the US and Europe get less than their recommended daily amount of Magnesium.
Health benefits of Magnesium:
Improves exercise performance
As Magnesium can help move blood sugar into muscles and dispose of lactate, it is suggested in studies that the mineral can boost exercise performance in different types of people – from athletes to the elderly. One study of athletes found after taking Magnesium for four weeks their running, cycling and swimming times during a triathlon increased. Another study of healthy elderly women found supplementing for twelve weeks improved their physical performance, suggesting there may be a role for magnesium in preventing of delaying age-related decline in physical performance.
Supports brain function and mood
Playing an important role in brain function and mood, low levels of Magnesium have been linked to an increased risk of depression. One study of older adults with depression found that 450mg of magnesium daily was as effective as an antidepressant drug at improving mood.
Other benefits of Magnesium include anti-inflammatory action, preventing migraines, reducing insulin resistance and improving PMS symptoms.
The recommended daily intake of the mineral is approximately 410mg per day for men and 315mg per day for women. There are a wide variety of foods that contain good amounts of magnesium, including pumpkin seeds, spinach and dark chocolate. However you may prefer the convenience of supplements, such as our Marine Magnesium – a natural source of magnesium made from a purified seawater extract.