The Mighty Mineral

Today we look at how magnesium supplementation can help those who are undertaking physical challenges, whether heavy workouts at the gym, marathons or just keeping fit.

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The Mighty Mineral

Today we look at how magnesium supplementation can help those who are undertaking physical challenges, whether heavy workouts at the gym, marathons or just keeping fit. 

My son had just joined the Royal Marines and, recognising the stress his muscles would be under, especially in the early days of training, I gave him a magnesium oil spray to use.  He was appreciative of the thought, but didn’t take it.  A week into training and I get the call “Mum, please send it”.  Not that he was particularly struggling, it was that he realised the benefit this mighty mineral would give in terms of muscle recovery and general health, helping see him through the next few months of pushing his body to the limit.  As a multi-marathon walker myself in the past, I had already experienced the benefit of using magnesium – crucial for athletes and those who undertake intense exercise. Taking the mineral before or after a workout helps muscles relax and recover faster and athletes need more magnesium, about 310 to 420 milligrams daily for better performance and less muscle soreness. 

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.  It is an indispensable mineral that influences various physiological functions. It contributes to muscle contraction and relaxation, aids in energy production, regulates nerve impulses, and promotes healthy blood pressure levels. Additionally, magnesium is vital for maintaining strong bones, teeth, and optimal blood sugar levels. Its deficiency has been associated with a range of health issues, including headaches, anxiety, fatigue, depression, and poor sleep. It also has an incredible impact on other nutrients in the body, importantly, it activates vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels can cause muscle weakness and pain. If these low levels remain, muscle mass can decline, along with the body’s performance.  Most of us are deficient in this and other minerals, due to exercise habits, medication use, and nutrient-depleted soils that grow our food.

Obtaining magnesium through a well-balanced diet is obviously the first place to start.  Whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dark leafy greens, and certain fish are among the best dietary sources of magnesium.  However, supplementation is a more rapid form to bring the body up to optimum level.  These are available in various forms such as magnesium citrate, magnesium sulfate, and magnesium chloride. Each form offers distinct benefits and absorption rates, allowing individuals to choose the most suitable option based on their specific needs.

Consulting with one of our clinicians is advisable to determine the most suitable form and dosage for individual needs. With the right approach to magnesium supplementation, individuals can enhance their muscle recovery, improve exercise performance, and support their overall wellbeing.

To find out more and book an exploratory call, email our Client Care Team careteam@optimal-healthgroup.com.

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