Magnesium – The Master Mineral
Necessary for nearly every chemical process and for the functioning of every system in the body, magnesium is sometimes called the “master mineral”. 300+ enzyme systems within our bodies rely on this mineral, however the average person today is deficient.
Magnesium is a Staple in our Nutrition Plans
For the following reasons:
- Known for its ability to relax and put you body in a parasympathetic state, it’s a great at helping you wind down in the evening and get a peaceful sleep
- Provides relief from aches, pain and muscle cramps
- Helps recovery of damaged muscle tissues after working out
- Improves muscle function and reduce fatigue
- Helps maintain electrolyte function
- Plus much much more…
TOP TIP: Combining magnesium with zinc will have an even greater impact within your body, as zinc has extremely high immune system values
Food Sources that have High Levels of Magnesium
- Pumpkin seeds
- Whole grain bread
- Beans or lentils
- Cashew nuts
- Sesame seeds
Likely Best to Supplement with Magnesium
It will be great if you can eat ample of the above foods in your daily eating habits. That said – the problem with magnesium is it is poorly absorbed orally due to the digestive process in your GI tract breaking it down before it gets to your bloodstream. Reports suggest a 30-40% absorption rate when taken orally. Scientists recommend a minimum of 3 mg per pound of body weight of magnesium a day, so if you weigh 130 pounds, that’s 390 mg
So, it is recommended you take three approaches in unison:
#1 – Include the food above in your diet
#2 – Supplement with ZMA Capsules – This is a popular blend in the Athlete community of Zinc, Magnesium and B6.
3# – Use Topical Magnesium Sprays (or Magnesium Flakes in bath) – This is the biggie. Magnesium is absorbed quickly through the skin. It enters your bloodstream through your skin, and because it bypasses the digestive system, it won’t cause stomach related problems.
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