7 Ways Magnesium Helps with Chronic Pain
Our bodies are a little bit like automobiles (I’m a 65’ Ford Mustang, of course). We come in all shapes and sizes – and whether we like our make and model or not, there’s no denying we’re really something special.
Of course, as the years go by and we log more and more miles, problems arise. For some, the problems start early – long before they could even be considered a “classic car”. Such was my fate. For me, it is a constant battle to keep my body running. Most days, it takes all I’ve got just to get it out of “park”.
I have a long list of things I do, foods I eat and nutritional supplements I take to keep myself out the junkyard. One of the most important supplements for me has been Magnesium. Some estimates show magnesium deficiency affects between 60-80% of Americans, with symptoms including pain, fatigue, muscle weakness and more.
So why do I take magnesium everyday? Besides wanting to avoid the symptoms listed above, here are 7 reasons Magnesium makes my list of important nutritional supplements:
Sleep is critical. It is our body’s way of refueling. Unfortunately, sleep doesn’t come easy for those with fibromyalgia. These disturbances in sleep make it that much more difficult to keep our bodies fueled and running. Magnesium promotes the production of melatonin – the hormone in charge of regulating sleep cycles. Additionally, magnesium calms the nervous system and relaxes the muscles, thereby reducing anxiety and nervous tension that can keep our bodies from becoming rested.
Relieves Muscle Pain
Low levels of magnesium can result in a buildup of lactic acid, resulting in pain and tightness. By relaxing the muscles, magnesium helps alleviate pain and tenderness associated with tight muscles and joints.
Calms the Nerves
Magnesium assists in the production and release of serotonin – a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood and relaxing the nervous system. Additionally, magnesium can help calm the heart rate and create a sense of calm in the body.
Boosts Brain Power
Like all organs, the brain needs proper nutrition to function properly. Magnesium is one of those important nutrients. According to Dr. Peter Osborne, doctor of clinical nutrition, “Magnesium is essential to maintaining healthy brain functions.” As previously mentioned, magnesium plays a critical role in the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which help regulate mood. It also helps improve learning and memory in the brain by improving electrical activity.
Proper Enzyme Functions
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 chemical reactions in the body and can be found in all of your tissues – especially in muscle, bone and brain tissue. Without magnesium, these required reactions would become disrupted – affecting various cellular functions throughout the body.
Magnesium is an essential player in building and maintaining healthy bones. As discussed above, magnesium is an essential enzyme in over 300 chemical reactions. Many of these reactions are responsible for the body’s ability to use calcium and vitamin d to build healthy bones.
Keeps Me Balanced
Last, but not least, magnesium is an important mineral for alkalizing the body and keeping pH levels in balance. Specifically, magnesium restricts the buildup of lactic acid – which can result in muscle aches and pains.
Whether you’re living with chronic pain or not, magnesium is an essential mineral for overall health and biological function. It may not take the miles off your odometer – but it will help keep you running so you can continue to add miles to it.
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*Recommended daily allowance of magnesium is approximately 320 mg / day for women 19 years of age and older.