The Benefits of Magnesium

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium was first discovered and introduced as an element in 1755 by Joseph Black. [1] It is considered one of the seven essential macronutrients within the body. It is labeled as such because the body needs at least 100 milligrams each day to be considered sufficient. A magnesium deficiency is a very common issue within the United States today. While the side-effects of such a deficiency may not seem drastic, it could be important to supplement with magnesium to maintain a healthy and diverse diet. [2]

What are the Health Benefits of Magnesium?

Magnesium’s multi-beneficial properties are what make it a popular ingredient within many different supplements. Besides enhancing your immune system, magnesium helps to regulate blood pressure. [3] One of the common side effects of a magnesium deficiency includes high stress levels. Magnesium is one of the chemicals most commonly tied to the regulation of moods. Studies have shown that a magnesium deficiency can lead to an inability for the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal gland to properly react to stressful situations. [4] Commonly tied to stress levels, magnesium has been seen to improve sleep quality. When you take magnesium, it helps to produce GABA, thus helping you decompress and fall asleep faster. More specifically, because magnesium regulates neurotransmitters, your body becomes calm and reaches a relaxed state that will help you comfortably fall asleep. [5]

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