Magnesium is an important mineral that the average American diet does not provide enough of. The average US adult gets 250mg per day, while the daily recommendation is 320-420mg. Magnesium helps the body with so many things, it is an old home remedy for anxiety, depression, headaches, irritability, restlessness and muscle cramps. It is said to be the 'original chill pill'. Signs that you may have low magnesium include muscle cramps and heart arrhythmia. Magnesium is a counter-ion for calcium and potassium in muscle cells, including the heart. Ion regulation helps muscles contract and send nerve signals. Magnesium also assists with cell transportation, energy within our cells, and our bones are a great reservoir of the mineral. Stress causes us to waste our magnesium in our urine, causing deficiency. Stress and depression are also associated with systemic inflammation and immune response. The theory is the increase of depression in Americans is in part due to the decrease of magnesium in our diets.
Here are some great ways to get magnesium naturally in your diet -
If you are unable to get the daily recommended 400mg per day, MagCitrate is available for sale at the clinic!**
**There are some safety considerations with respect to magnesium supplementation. If you have normal kidney function, you do not have myasthenia gravis, bowel obstruction, or bradycardia, you should be able to supplement without worry. In addition, magnesium interferes with the absorption of certain pharmaceuticals including digoxin, nitrofurantoin, bisphosphanates, and some antimalaria drugs. Magnesium can reduce the efficacy of chloropromazine, oral anticoagulants and the quinolone and tetracycline classes of antibiotics.