If I could take only one supplement with me to a desert island it would be magnesium.
Magnesium is a soothing mineral, which helps calm your nervous system, regulates cortisol, aids with sleep and necessary for cellular energy ( 1).
Magnesium is also necessary for maintaining a healthy menstrual cycle in women of reproductive age. Approximately 40% of adult females are not consuming enough magnesium on a daily basis. This is associated with increased inflammation and many hormonal conditions.
Food sources of magnesium include green vegetables and salads, nuts and seeds. Think green, as the green colour comes from chlorophyll and magnesium is the central ion (2). Processed foods contain very little magnesium.
Causes of magnesium deficiency
Certain medications such as proton pump inhibitors lower the ability to release magnesium from our food.
Alcohol consumption increases magnesium excretion from our body since alcohol is a diuretic.
Another reason is stress depletes our body of magnesium. Most people are under some stress, whether it be work, family life, study, financial, emotional. It’s hard to avoid.
Also if you are active, like going to the gym, run, surf, sweat a lot, you will probably need magnesium.
This is also a great mineral for our active kids or kids who are under stress from School.
Magnesium is a wonderful mineral for women's health and can help with the following:
Be careful which magnesium you purchase because they are not all the same. One in paricular can cause diarrhoea.
Some people can’t tolerate magnesium, so magnesium citrate is preferred in this case.
Other forms include Magnesium chelate and magnesium bisglycinate.
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1. Briden, L. (2015). Period repair manual. Create Space Independent Publishing.
2. Ochsenham, P., & Vormann, J. (2015). The magnesium deficiency crisis. Madhouse Media.