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What are the Health Benefits of Magnesium?

September 21, 2018

We hear about certain vitamins and minerals all the time. Others, not so much. Magnesium is one of those minerals we rave about here in Evergreen and for good reason. There are so many health benefits of magnesium. It pops up a lot when it comes to sleep (it calms down the central nervous system, which may help you sleep) but we probably don't hear about the powers of magnesium nearly enough. So just what are the health benefits of magnesium?

The health benefits of magnesium

Magnesium is a bit of a hero when it comes to supplements - it's so important for optimal health and wellbeing. The health benefits of magnesium are lengthy. It's an essential nutrient responsible for over 300 functions in the body. 

Your body requires adequate amounts of magnesium to help maintain healthy bones and teeth, support energy production, and for normal functioning of muscles and the nervous system amongst others. By adding magnesium to your diet, you are guarding against and helping to reduce threats such as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression and asthma to name but a few.

Unfortunately, many of us are unknowingly deficient in this essential mineral. There are many noticeable signs of magnesium deficiency such as anxiety, irritability, muscle spasms, restless legs syndrome, constipation and insomnia, yet magnesium deficiency is often overlooked and rarely tested.

Why is deficiency so common?

There are a few reasons. The first being that most of us are not eating enough magnesium rich foods. It can be found in:

  • dark green vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach
  • whole wheat
  • seeds such as pumpkin seeds
  • nuts - almonds, peanuts, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts
  • bananas
  • dark chocolate
  • soybeans and edamame
  • avocado

Also, because of modern farming practices, foods which should be rich in magnesium are often seriously lacking nutritionally. If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of a deficiency such as insomnia, anxiety, or cramps, it may be a good idea to consider a magnesium supplement.

How can I get magnesium?

Now that you know the health benefits of magnesium, you may be interested in taking a magnesium supplement. The most effective way to get magnesium into your system fast and effectively is through your body’s largest organ - the skin. This is known as 'dermal absorption'.

The skin is porous and has millions of tiny openings through which substances can be absorbed directly into the body. This delivery method is becoming more popular for food supplementation because it is really effective and convenient for people.

Better You Range

The 'BetterYou' range of magnesium is a real favourite with Evergreen customers. They are available in convenient spray bottles and flakes ideal for baths and foot soaks. The best time to apply the sprays is when your skin is slightly warm after a shower or bath. Simply spray and rub it in for a moment. It may tingle for a few minutes, but this is the magnesium working its way down to your muscles and tissues.

If you have pain in a certain area, such as the legs or abdomen, be sure to spray it directly onto that area. Staff members that have tried it have reported feeling more energised, calmer and sleeping much better too!

Please note, this blog is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice.

It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements, treatments or remedies if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on medication.

Checked and updated: 4 August 2021

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