a vital mineral, that we can all benefit from
Jess says: Magnesium is definitely one of my top three supplements, along with vitamin D and zinc. I have personally seen the difference that taking magnesium can do to benefit insomnia sufferers or poor sleepers in my patients (and myself).
Magnesium is also my number one recommendation for anyone who exercises a lot or who suffers from cramp. It’s a wonderful mineral, and can make a massive difference to how you feel. A magnesium supplement is definitely worth considering if you have health problems or are pregnant.
Magnesium levels can be measured on a blood test, but there are significant problems with the accuracy of a standard test. Magnesium levels are usually measured from the fluid of your blood (serum), yet most magnesium is stored either in our bones or inside our cells. A much better way to accurately measure magnesium levels is to have a red cell magnesium blood test done (this will have to be done privately, as it is not currently offered by the NHS).
Magnesium is vital for a wide range of critical systems in our body, but deficiency often goes undetected, as it is difficult to diagnose.
Up to 50% of people in the UK and USA have insufficient magnesium intake.1 We are only just beginning to understand the full range of benefits of magnesium. What we do know is that it is crucial in over 300 processes in the body; helping to make DNA, protein and energy. It’s essential for muscle contraction, blood sugar regulation, our heart function, blood pressure and nervous system.2
Magnesium levels in plants have dropped by up to 70%, since the 1950s. There has been a steep decline in the levels of magnesium in our soil, and therefore the naturally occurring level in the plants that are in our diet, over the past several decades.3 This is due to the industrialisation of farming and poor soil fertilisation…