The Benefits of Magnesium

by Dr. Alexa Chichak

Chances are, you have heard of magnesium before (especially if you’ve talked to me: it’s one of my personal favorites). If I had to choose only one supplement to take, this would be it. Magnesium is a mineral, which is used in a wide array of reactions in the body. Our magnesium levels in the body decrease with both exercise and stress, along with other factors. Magnesium supplementation has shown to be therapeutic for blood pressure, pre-menstrual fluid retention, osteoporosis, insomnia, muscle cramps and more.
Food sources of magnesium include pumpkin seeds, spinach, quinoa, almonds, and dark chocolate.
There are a various forms of magnesium supplements: bisgylcinate, citrate, oxide, malate, sulphate, chloride, and more. They differentiate in terms of how well they are absorbed in the body. Some, such as citrate and oxide, are used therapeutically to treat constipation as they are not absorbed well in the digestive tract. Sulfate is not typically ingested, but used as a soak (referred to as Epsom salts). Others, such as bisglycinate and orotate are better absorbed and are used for their systemic benefits.
Each individual is different, and magnesium supplementation might not be indicated. Talk to your naturopathic doctor about magnesium supplementation and if it’s right for you.
Dr. Alexa Chichak is a Naturopathic Doctor and offers appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Click here to book an appointment with Dr. Alexa.
Disclaimer: Information can be empowering, but we all have unique health profiles and needs. Health-related information contained in this post is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor. The advice is intended to offer only a general basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider.  Always consult your licensed Naturopathic Physician.
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