M - Magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for health. It is one of the most common deficiencies that I find when treating people. It is used in so many processes in our bodies that we need a good, consistent supply and sometimes your diet might not provide enough. Good dietary sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, wholegrains, avocados, bananas, apples nuts and seeds. However our diets can be lacking and mineral content isn’t always as high as it should be so sometimes its good to take a supplement to bridge the gap for a period of time.
Signs that you might need to take some magnesium –
Constipation, muscles cramps or twitching (restless leg), fibromyalgia type pain, trouble relaxing and sleeping, fatigue, anxiety and low mood.
There are a number of magnesium supplements out there, each one useful for a different condition so here are the popular ones that I use a lot in my practice –
Magnesium citrate – digestive issues and constipation
Magnesium bisglycinate – sleep, anxiety, PMS and calms the nervous system.
Magnesium malate – reduces muscle stiffness, fibromyalgia pain
Magnesium sulphate – Epsom salts used for relaxation and detox
Magnesium taurate – heart health, blood pressure and blood sugar balance
Magnesium l-threonate – brain/cognition and mood.