Magnesium is important in the body for so many reasons: normal muscle contraction (including heart muscle), immune system function, protein building, bone mineralisation, nerve impulse transmission, and hard tooth enamel resistance to decay. Deficiency signs are muscle twitching, poor memory, weakness, difficulty swallowing, cardiovascular changes. It could be the reason for your leg cramps at night, muscle tightness, anxiety, or your unexplainable headaches, but it’s not as simple as taking a Magnesium supplement.
Firstly, as I always go on about: balance, for example if you increase your calcium intake with supplements, then more magnesium is needed because the body uses them synergistically. Basically, taking one supplement can throw out the balance of other nutrients in your body.
Secondly, magnesium supplements are not all equal. There are different forms of Magnesium, and some of them are assimilated better than others. Unfortunately, and you may have come across this yourself, but most forms cause diarrhea.
The best way to get magnesium is through your diet. Foods rich in magnesium are nuts, legumes, green leafy vegetables, as well as oats and dark chocolage with high cocoa solids. The benefit of eating these foods is that they are perfectly packaged in the right balance as nature intended so there is no overdosing. The downside is if your digestion is not functioning at its best and cannot breakdown or use the nutrients from food.
This is when I prefer to use a topical application. In clinic, I freshly compound Magnesium cream. There is no need to worry about digestive problems because transdermal application of Magnesium is proven to be effective in treating Magnesium deficiencies. For example, I have patients who have suffered from long term leg cramps at night, and this cream works wonders to help muscles relax and help them with sleep maintenance.
So, are you getting enough Magnesium in your diet?