Are You Getting Enough Magnesium In Your Diet? |

Six Amazing Health Benefits of Magnesium – and Some Great Ways to Get More of It

Not many people know about the health benefits of magnesium.

Six Benefits of Magnesium - Are You Getting Enough Magnesium In Your Diet? |


Poor dietary habits, pharmaceutical drug use, and nutrient-depleted growing soils are among the most common reasons why many people today are dangerously deficient in the mineral magnesium, a necessary nutrient for the proper function of virtually all systems of the body.

The good news, though, is that incorporating more magnesium into your diet does not have to be an burdensome chore, and doing so could drastically improve your health in ways you never before imagined.

As it turns out, magnesium deficiency is linked to causing all sorts of chronic health problems that, if left unaddressed, will eventually lead to even more serious health problems down the road.

This is why it is important to eat plenty of magnesium-rich foods and take high-quality magnesium supplements regularly for optimal health. Here are six health benefits of magnesium:

Since magnesium is required by the body to properly digest foods, supplementing with it can help 1) alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort and disease. Magnesium acts as a coenzyme in the digestive tract, which means it helps break down food and assimilate nutrients into your body. Magnesium also aids in the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, as well as triggers the healthy production of bile in your liver.

The fourth most abundant mineral in the body, magnesium is utilized as part of more than 300 essential metabolic reactions, one of which involves 2) regulating healthy blood sugar levels. Magnesium deficiency is directly linked to causing insulin resistance, which in turn can lead to diabetes and other chronic health conditions.

Magnesium is also necessary for 3) maintaining a healthy heart, as the mineral aids in the proper transport of potassium, calcium, and other nutrient ions across cell membranes. According to a 2006 study published in the journal Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, these nutrients help promote healthy nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm.

The mainstream media is constantly talking about the importance of calcium for maintaining healthy bones, but a much more important mineral for 4) nurturing healthy bones is magnesium. In fact, roughly half of your body’s magnesium supply is stored in your bones, and magnesium also acts as a co-factor with both calcium and vitamin D to maintain and strengthen your bone structure.

Because of its strong elimination potential, magnesium is considered a 5) powerful detoxifier as well, especially since your body’s “master antioxidant,” glutathione, requires magnesium in order to function properly. Heavy metals, environmental chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, and various other toxins are greatly inhibited from taking hold inside the body when magnesium is present.

Cancer rates have risen dramatically throughout the past century, and are expected to nearly double within the next few decades. But maintaining healthy magnesium levels in your body can 6) greatly decrease your risk of developing cancer. A study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that for every 100-milligram (mg) increase in magnesium intake, a person’s risk of developing colorectal cancer drops by about 13 percent.

Some of the best food-based sources of natural magnesium include chlorophyllseaweedraw cacaocoriander leafdried pumpkin seeds, and almond butter. The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (OSU) has provided a helpful writeup on its website that includes a list of foods with high levels of natural magnesium:

You can also supplement with a high-quality magnesium supplement such as Natural Vitality‘s “Calm” formula. Other types of magnesium include magnesium oxide, magnesium amino acid chelate, magnesium orotate, magnesium chloride, magnesium lactate, magnesium sulfate, magnesium carbonate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium malate, and magnesium taurate, which you can learn more about here:

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10 Responses

    1. Unfortunately, I can’t make personal recommendations. Most bottles will have a suggested starting point and then you can try that and go from there.

  1. local chiropractor recommends taking a magnesium suppliment daily, says it does amazing things for joint aches and pains. he is right, I take it daily and can definitely tell a difference when I forget to take it!

      1. There are pros and cons to some of the different types. Many people start by using Natural Calm which has mag citrate.

  2. hi,
    1) any advice on how to choose a good magnesium supplement? I live in Germany so just buying “Natural Calm” is a bit of a problem ^^”
    2) which one of the suggested magnesium compounds is best assimilated as an oral supplement?
    On top of that I have Myotonia (a genetic defect which affects the muscles’ metabolism – I don’t know how to describe that better ^^”), so I really need MUCH magnesium in my diet…

    1. Hi Chris, instead of “Natural Calm”, look for a magnesium citrate which is pretty bioavailable and also soluble in water. It’s a really common choice for folks looking for oral supplementation. For topical use, good old Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) will do the trick.

  3. Love this post because I’m a big believer in magnesium supplementing. I started about 2 years ago, and got relief from a lot of symptoms, from low blood pressure and cramping to migraines.

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