As an essential mineral that exists in many foods, magnesium is good for your brain and entire body. Nonetheless, most people don't get enough of it in their day-to-day diet. As a cofactor, or a helper molecule, it is involved in more than 300 reactions in your body and therefore very important for optimal overall well-being.
In this article, we will explore some of the many health benefits of having adequate magnesium intake in our daily diets.
Helps in muscle contraction/relaxation
Magnesium is responsible for relaxing muscle fibers after they contract. This enables you to move your hands and legs conveniently while carrying out an exercise as it activates the main source of cellular energy. Having enough magnesium prevents muscle cramps and spasms.
Help sleeping disorders.
This vital mineral has a remarkable ability to calm and relax the body and mind. It is also associated with an increase in sleep-inducing melatonin and decreases sleep inhibiting cortisol so that you can sleep better.
Research has shown that Magnesium helps lower blood pressure, correct arrhythmia, prevent atherosclerosis, prevents arterial blood clotting, increase exercise duration, and drastically reduce cardiac mortality.
Magnesium is just as (if not more) crucial for strong bones and teeth than calcium. Many people supplement with calcium to prevent bone loss unknowing to them that calcium can not be absorbed efficiently without adequate magnesium. It works with vitamin D to help get calcium into your bones and lowers the risk of osteoporosis and fractures as you grow older. It is important in optimizing bone health.
Supports healthy blood sugar levels
Studies have shown that magnesium increases insulin sensitivity which helps in the regulation of blood sugar in the body.
Magnesium has a regulatory effect on the body's system that protects against diseases and can reduce cytokine production. This means that consuming more magnesium helps increase the therapeutic ability to fight inflammation and chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, etc. Increased levels of inflammation also plays a key role in aging.
Regulates the nervous system
Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to the health and normal functioning of the nervous system. It helps to regulate the activity of cells in the brain and spine, and has been shown to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and seizures. In addition, magnesium can help improve cognitive function and keep the brain healthy throughout life. It is essential for energy production in cells, and helps to keep the transmission of nerve impulses healthy. Magnesium also helps to create new cells and prevents damage to existing cells.
Magnesium is essential for many aspects of our health. While the recommended daily intake is 400–420 mg per day for men and 310–320 mg per day for women, we may not always be able to get this in our daily diet. If we cannot, it is best to add a magnesium supplement to our daily routine. This will ensure we are maintaining optimal levels of magnesium in our bodies to help carry out the necessary processes which help us function and maintain our well-being.
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