Magnesium is an essential mineral that is needed for optimal health. Magnesium is involved in almost every biochemical reaction happening in the body but one important job it has is to help your body heal and relax. Magnesium comes in many forms and depending on the form your body absorbs it differently. Magnesium chloride is better to be used topically in the form of magnesium oil as it is absorbed readily through skin. Magnesium oxide and magnesium orotate are heavy molecules and are not well absorbed by the body and can sometimes cause nausea and other GI related side effects. Magnesium Glycinate on the other hand is a very light and well absorbed form of magnesium and the best form to be taken orally.
Magnesium glycinate has been shown to have many benefits, including
- Reduce depression
- Relieve anxiety
- Help with muscle soreness and cramping
- Keep your bones healthy and strong
- Reduce blood pressure and increase heart health
- Relieve PMS
- Relieve Insomnia
- Reduce blood sugar
- Increase energy levels
One of Magnesium glycinates most exciting benefits is its ability to reduce pain. As Magnesium helps the tissues of the body to relax it can help with inflammatory and nerve related pain. Magnesium glycinate has been shown to help with pain conditions such as
- Chronic pain
- Arthritic pain
Ideal for High Intensity Training
Magnesium glycinate supplementation is ideal for anyone doing any sort of high intensity training such as cross fit or F45. This sort of training is hard on your muscles and it’s important that you recover quickly and properly. Magnesium helps the muscles to heal and relax, this speeds up recovery so you can train longer and harder. Magnesium can also help with muscle flexibility which can in turn help with mobility. With any sort of training it is important to have good mobility, this ensures you are doing the movements correctly and reducing the chances of injury.
Magnesium has also been shown to be beneficial for migraine suffers. People who experience headaches and migraines have been shown to be low in magnesium and often magnesium supplementation can help reduce the symptoms. Magnesium has been shown to be most beneficial for people how have or have had migraine with aura. It is believed that magnesium inhibits brain signalling, called cortical spreading depression, which leads to aura and other sensory changes associated with this sort of migraine. Magnesium has also been shown to improve platelet function and reduce the amount of pain transmitting chemicals such as substance P and glutamate. Magnesium also has a beneficial effect on the blood vessels and prevents their narrowing which helps to relive migraines. Magnesium can be compounded together with an anti-inflammatory such as ketoprofen and vitamin B6 to enhance its effectiveness and help to reduce migraines.
As mentioned before, magnesium chloride can be applied directly to the skin in the form of magnesium oil. Magnesium oil is made up of a 20% solution of magnesium chloride in a special base that helps the magnesium to push through the skin and into the underlying tissue. Magnesium oil is ideal for anyone suffering from cramps, platar faciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren’s Contracture (where the middle or ring finger curls inwards towards the palm). By applying magnesium oil to the skin 3 times a day and massaging it in, you can reduce the pain associated with the above conditions with out having to take a pill.
Magnesium has an endless list of health benefits and with modern diets, magnesium deficiencies are quite common. Magnesium glycinate taken as a capsule is safe and effective at improving general health. It is safe for kids and during pregnancy. If you have any question regarding magnesium supplementation, please feel free to give us a call.