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According to the Mental Health Foundation, these days more than 32% of people in the UK keep thinking about work all the time, ¼ actually places their own personal health at risk just to meet deadlines and 1/5 believes that pushing through very stressful moments is just the regular thing to do in any organization.

Not surprising, 51% of adults of those people who felt overwhelmed by stress were also depressed and 37% of them felt lonely.

For those who do not know, stress depletes the body system of vital resources like vitamins and minerals and it sucks up all the energy and motivation a person can have. Long term exposure to it can also affect the internal organs and corrode the immune system.

In this scenario, it becomes relevant to highlight the importance of magnesium as a coping tool, maintaining energy levels and “keeping the batteries charged” so as to survive such difficult stages in one’s working life. Therefore, it is vital to check yourself regularly to make sure you never miss a top up.

According to the national Institutes of Health, there are many reasons why we should value magnesium:

  • Magnesium intake helps to cope with the symptoms of inflammation, which otherwise would cause ageing, obesity and chronic disease.
  • Magnesium affects the cognitive functions, thus improving the ability to memorize things. It is present in each body cell. It also assists in the contraction and relaxation of muscles. It addition, it regulates the nervous system as it helps regulate neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your brain and nervous system
  •  Magnesium enhances energy levels and the athletic performance because it helps the blood sugar flow into the muscles and dispose of lactate.
  •  Magnesium keeps anxiety and depression away as it affects brain function and mood, its deficiency is intrinsically connected to an increased risk of depression.
  • Magnesium helps in lowering the blood pressure and carries benefits for Type 2 Diabetes sufferers for people with low magnesium levels have a higher risk of developing diabetes 
  • Magnesium Can Help Prevent Migraines – Too many office workers subjected to challenging workloads and poor working conditions will agree that such headaches are debilitating. It can manifest itself in tandem with nausea and vomiting.
  • Magnesium, alongside Calcium and Vitamin D helps grow strong bones and fight osteoporosis which affects mostly middle aged people. If you combine the physical exercise with the golden triangle of vitamins you stand a better chance of maintaining a good bone health for longevity.
  • Magnesium Improves PMS Symptoms as it helps to lift mood, reduce water retention and other symptoms in child bearing age women with PMS

In case you are wondering, there are natural sources of magnesium out there for you as well to indulge in, such as: dark chocolate, dry fruits (almonds, cashew, pecans, Brazil nuts, pine nuts) sunflower seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, boiled spinach and Swiss chard, avocado, salmon, black beans and cooked quinoa.

Like everything else in life, moderation is key for balance.

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6 Responses to The Importance of Magnesium

  1. An interesting and informative piece, thank you.

  2. Adrian

    Didn’t know any of this about magnesium so really helpful. Glad to see my love of dark chocolate has some positive health benefits 🙂

    • Bakasur

      Hi Adrian,

      Thank you so much for reading this blog post and providing the kind appreciation.
      I too am passionate about dark chocolate!

      Rgs,

      Bakasura

  3. Silwni

    Interesting, I did know about the importance of magnesium but not the extent. I take a liquid mineral supplement as I cannot take any of the foods you mention – you say dried fruits but only list nuts, I don’t eat fish, loathe spinach and avocado nor do I like dark chocolate, which unfortunately triggers migraines anyway.

  4. Thanks for reading the blog post.
    Indeed, some people are more sensitive to some foods than others.
    People with IBS specially, will find that most healthy things trigger ugly symptoms for them, per example.
    It is best to stick to the things you like, deliver good results and find safe to consume without any uncomfortable side effects.

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