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Magnesium – A Super Mineral?

Magnesium - Super Mineral

The human body is a complex machine, and like other complex machines it needs lots of care, fuel and rest to keep running at its best. Unlike other machines though, we’re made up of organic materials that produce and benefit from the introduction of vitamins and minerals – many crucial to our survival. Thankfully lots of these come to us via the diet or are created from reactions within our own body.

 One such essential mineral is Magnesium. The human body needs it to function …

Magnesium is used by every organ and plays a part in more than 300 chemical reactions in your body. It’s needed for nerve and muscle function, keeps your blood pressure steady, helps regulate blood sugar and plenty of other incredibly important and complex functions.

The recommended daily dose of magnesium is 420mg for men & 320mg for women, which is best consumed as part of a balanced diet that includes leafy greens, legumes, nuts, potatoes, avocados, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate to name a few.

The problem here is that around one third of Australian adults don’t get enough magnesium (according to the Bureau of Statistics’ Australian Health Survey). This can potentially lead to loss of appetite, fatigue, muscle weakness plus many more serious problems.

Enter magnesium supplements. These are available in powder and pill form – both of which will work, so personal preference is the main deciding factor here.

But why should you consider a magnesium supplement? Here are some common advantages to magnesium supplements:

  • Encourages falling asleep & entering a deeper sleep
  • Aids digestion by relieving constipation
  • Shown to calm nerves and promote relaxation
  • Assists in regulating energy levels
  • Relieves muscle aches & spasms
  • Helps regulate calcium and potassium levels in the body
  • Assists in proper bone formation and promotes bone density
  • Can help control migraine headaches
  • Promotes a healthy heart (the Heart contains the highest concentration of Magnesium in the body)
  • Helps improve insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetics 

The list of benefits to magnesium is long and continues well past what we’ll fit in this article, so it’s worth discussing these in more detail with your doctor or personal health care provider when considering a magnesium supplement as there can be some negative side-effects to having too much magnesium in your body.

If you suspect your low in magnesium or would benefit from a magnesium supplement, please discuss it with your doctor or personal health care provider.

Friendlies Discount Pharmacy carries a range of Magnesium Supplements from Australia’s leading brands at fantastic prices. Get in touch with your local Friendlies Pharmacy to find the right supplement for you.


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