Everyone has heard of the benefits of calcium, but did you know that magnesium is involved in more than 300 chemical reactions in your body?
Studies have shown that stress hormones released by your body deplete the vital mineral magnesium from your body. Low levels of magnesium can compromise the health of your body causing insomnia, fatigue, anxiety and stress. Magnesium has been shown in both animal and human studies to have a calming effect on the symptoms of stress. Also, it has shown to help relax tight muscles, great for those also suffering from muscle spasms.
When possible, it is best to get the magnesium your body needs from your diet. Foods rich in magnesium include: spinach, oats, dark green leafy vegetables, walnuts and other nuts, chicken, salmon, broccoli and sunflower seeds.
Taking a magnesium supplement, however, will quickly help to boost the amount in your body, considering most people don’t get enough from diet alone. Another major advantage of supplementing your diet with a magnesium supplement is that you know the exact amount you are taking daily. This will allow you to try out different dosages and find the dose that is best for you.
Magnesium is included in most multivitamins alongside other vitamins like A, B12, C, D, a E, along with calcium and omega 3. Taking these vitamins, whether it be separately or in multivitamin form, (and also ensuring adequate amounts of magnesium and calcium) is a way to ensure a happy, healthy lifestyle, and to keep your bones and body strong.