Magnesium: The Master Mineral
Sep 15, 2015
I've been supplementing with this "miracle" mineral for at least five years. I wanted to share just one of the benefits of this multi-tasking mineral and how it can benefit your overall health.
Magnesium plays a key role in over 325 enzyme reactions in the body--from energy production to cholesterol control. But as important as magnesium is for optimum health, up to 80% of Americans suffer from a deficiency.
This often overlooked nutrient can be of great benefit in the prevention of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, insomnia, migraines, osteoporosis and more!
Today I wanted to address how magnesium can help with headaches. Headaches are a sure sign of stress. Your shoulders are hunched, your neck muscles are tight, and the tension spreads to the dozen or so muscles or your scalp.
Magnesium can lessen the tension in those muscles and will help all muscles relax. It's not just tension headaches that are created by magnesium deficiency. Migraines, PMS headaches, and PTS headaches are all affected by this miracle mineral.
To give you an indication of the scope of magnesium's actions, here are the many ways magnesium can treat migraines:
- Magnesium relaxes the blood vessels and allows them to dilate, reducing the spasms and constrictions that can cause migraines.
- Magnesium regulates the action of brain neurotransmitters and inflammatory substances, which may play a role in migraines when unbalanced.
- Magnesium inhibits excess platelet aggregation, preventing the formation of tiny clots that can block blood vessels and cause pain.
- Magnesium relaxes muscles and prevents the build up of lactic acid, which along with muscle tension, can worsen the pain.
As you can see, this often forgotten mineral goes above and beyond working with calcium for bone health--which is generally the only time our doctor ever recommends it for us! With our nation's current food supply being highly processed and a lot of it grown in soils that have been overdeveloped with crop after crop, it's no wonder how we are all subject to being deficient in this once abundant mineral.
If you have any questions as to whether or not you could benefit from magnesium supplementation, please consult with either an integrative or naturopathic physician as these medical practitioners are often well versed in magnesium deficiency and supplementation.
For now, good health to you!