You must have heard all the hype around magnesium by now you! Magnesium adoration is everywhere. But is it justified? It turns out that it is – and it is especially good for midlife women looking to boost their overall health and wellness.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, following calcium, potassium and sodium. It is essential for many vital body functions and is very useful during perimenopause and menopause when oestrogen levels can fluctuate dramatically leading to a multitude of unpleasant symptoms.
Magnesium is found naturally in many foods including bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, cashews, egg yolk, fish oil, flaxseed, green vegetables, milk, mushrooms, nuts, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, soybeans, sunflower seeds, sweet corn, tofu, whole grains and dark chocolate. But it is estimated that 11% of women do not get adequate magnesium from their diet alone which can increase their risk of heart disease and osteoporosis in the longer term.
Your doctor can request a simple blood test to check your magnesium levels and if you are deficient it is easy to boost them with a daily supplement.
There are many benefits of ensuring you have adequate magnesium levels.
- Reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing inflammation in the body and regulating blood clotting mechanisms
- Improves bones density by regulating the flow of calcium in and out of the bones which helps to prevent osteoporosis
- Helps protect you against type2 diabetes by improving insulin function and lowering blood glucose if you already have insulin resistance
- Lowers blood pressure by helping to keep blood vessels flexible
- Improves sleep quality and helps to combat insomnia when taken just before bedtime
- Helps to relieve constipation as it assists with relaxing the bowel muscles
- Helps to alleviate anxiety and mood swings by balancing serotonin.