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Magnesium: Energize and Revitalize

Monday February 26, 2018

Constantly tired? From over-work, stress, sleep deprivation, inconsistent diet, viral infections, underlying health conditions, and fast-paced lifestyles, chronic fatigue can be the result of a variety of factors. However, one of the lesser known reasons you’re feeling drained by noon could be a simple magnesium deficiency.

 

 


According to recent research (1,2), a deficiency in magnesium may be one reason why you often feel fatigued and lethargic. The good news is that a supplement containing magnesium can help support your energy levels throughout the day.

How is magnesium linked to energy production? Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, that is required for over 600 enzymatic reactions, including energy metabolism, muscle and nerve regulation and DNA synthesis and repair (1). With regards to energy production, magnesium is an integral component of ATP (energy compound) and assists the conversion of food into energy. 

To support health and vitality, it is recommended to consume between 300-600mg of magnesium per day. Recent evidence suggests that the Western-style diet is low in magnesium content (30-50% of recommended daily amounts), due to the overconsumption of processed foods (2)

It is estimated that 80-90% of magnesium is lost during processing of food (1). Therefore, suboptimal levels of magnesium intake may be associated with chronic fatigue and exhaustion. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms (2), it may be beneficial to supplement your diet with magnesium to boost your energy levels:

=         Weakness
=         Lethargy
=         Muscle cramps
=         Nervousness
=         Sleep disorders
=         Headaches
=         Anxiety
=         Low stress tolerance
         

Considering a magnesium supplement? With the variety of forms available in the market, it can be a daunting process to choose the most suitable type to support your health goals. Fully reacted magnesium citrate is one of the most bioavailable forms of the mineral, meaning it is easily absorbed and utilized by the body where needed.

Along with magnesium, there are other nutrients and elements that may contribute to energy metabolism and production. These include ribose, acetyl-l-carnitine and malic acid, B vitamins and Co-enzyme Q10.

Therefore, supplementing the diet with an energy-supporting formula containing magnesium may promote energy production and reduce feelings of tiredness.



Author: Salma Dawood is a Technical Advisor at Viridian Nutrition. She holds a BSc honours degree in Human Nutrition.


References:
1)      De Baaji JH, Hoenderop JG, Bindels RJ, 2015, Magnesium in man: implications for health and disease. Physiol Rev.95(1):1-46. doi: 10.1152/physrev.00012.2014.


2)      Uwe Gröber, Joachim Schmidt, Klaus Kister, 2015, Magnesium in Prevention and Therapy, Nutrients 7(9), 8199-8226; doi:10.3390/nu7095388

The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.

 

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