March 18, 2022
Magnesium is my favourite and a superstar mineral & involved in over 300 enzyme responses in our body. Many of these responses impact our natural hormone balance.
If you have seen me in clinic you know I love magnesium, especially for women in their 40s.
During this significant time of hormonal change our bodies can really benefit from a regular dose of magnesium to support the hormonal changes and create more balance.
Stress, alcohol and gut issues are the main culprits that cause magenisum depletion. But also our soils are quite depleted which makes it much harder to obtain enough from plant foods.
Rich food sources of magnesium include
dark green leafy veg such as spinach
Pepitas, flaxseed, almonds, cashews & bananas
If you feel like your hormones are all over the place, you are struggling to sleep for no obvious reason or you experience PMS and menstruation issues you may need to supplement magnesium.
If you do supplement just check its the right form for what you need. I recommend a practitioner supplement for the quality and therapeutic dose. There are a few different types that have different bioavailability and for different purposes.
There are around 11 different types of Magnesium all with different benefits they deliver. Here are 4 main types below and their benefits for the body:
Magnesium Glycinate: My favourite and a wonderful type of magnesium that provides the body with the highest level of absorption and bioavailability. This form contains the amino acid, glycine, which can assist with relaxation, and with regulating blood sugar levels and aid collagen aborption.
Magnesium phosphate: This form is great for energy production and can be helpful in reducing fatigue. It’s also beneficial for calcium absorption and the building of protein and bone. Other benefits include enhancing muscle relaxation and helping with cramping.
Magnesium Ascorbate: This form combines Magnesium with vitamin C and is easier on the digestive system, which leads to better absorption of both the Magnesium and the vitamin C.
Magnesium Chelate: A common form of magnesium that has superior absorption and is useful in aiding Magnesium deficiency to maintain adequate levels within the body.