The importance of Magnesium!

Did you know that 80% of Australians have a Magnesium deficiency?

Magnesium is the fourth most common mineral in the body and is responsible for more than 300 different enzymes in the body. This prehistoric mineral performs many complex and vital duties in our bodies. Magnesium helps balance body fluid levels, control muscle contractions, carry oxygen to working muscles and regulate energy metabolism, making it a very important for physical performance.

Consider it the ‘master mineral’ with the most functions.

Imagine it as the trunk of the nutritional tree that supports and enhances enzyme activity and the work of other nutrients. Yet many of us don’t get enough!

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Dr. Linda Rapson, who specialises in treating chronic pain, believes that about 70% of her patients who complain of muscle pain, cramps and fatigue are showing signs of muscle deficiency.

“Virtually all of them improve when I put then on Magnesium…it may sound too good to be true, but it’s a fact.”

As many of us lead active lifestyles we need to be familiar with the effects that magnesium has on performance, recovery, and bone health. Here’s what you should know:

Performance and recovery

Magnesium is vital for the conversion of glycogen to glucose (sugar) – ENERGY! Without sufficient levels the body will switch to anaerobic metabolism, resulting in a build-up of lactic acid, which leaves you feeling ‘burny’ and sore, with possible spasms and lack of energy.

Bone health

Something bout Vitamin D and Calcium right? You’re on the right track; however it is important to note that while calcium does play a very important role, it cannot do so without adequate magnesium levels and Vitamin D. Magnesium helps ‘trigger’ Vitamin D to allow for Calcium absorption and bone building. Still thinking ‘huh?’ The bottom line is: Without Magnesium, Calcium cannot be absorbed.

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These are just two of the many benefits of adequate magnesium intake. Others include:

  • Relaxation of blood vessels
  • Proper formation of bones and teeth
  • Action of heart muscles
  • Promotion of proper bowel function
  • Regulation of blood sugar levels

So how do I know if I have deficient levels? Symptoms can include:

  • Cramps and restless legs
  • Skin problems
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability/headaches
  • Inflammation/pain
  • Hormone issues
  • Concentration problems
  • Psychological changes
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Insulin resistance

…and much more!

Sound all too familiar?

I bet you’re thinking- ‘but hey, I take a multivitamin with minerals, I should be fine’. Unfortunately, mineral absorption from tablets can be quite poor. Most people are lucky if they even get 20% of the magnesium from tablets making it to the tissue cells of the body.

Here at Physionorth we stock and advocate for the use of Elektra Magnesium Cream. This product can be applied to sports injuries, lower back pain and sciatica, temples, neck and shoulders, and directly onto tight muscles, and aching joints. Talk to one of our friendly staff today to find out if this product would be beneficial for you.

Pop into the clinic today to pick up your own tube of Magnesium Cream starting from $4.95!
For more information CLICK HERE to visit the Elektra website!