The ‘miracle’ mineral four in five Aussies are deficient in – and why top nutritionist recommends it to ‘almost every’ client
- Top nutritionist Jessica Sepel said her favourite mineral is magnesium
- Some 80 per cent of the population are deficient, but it can help everyone
- Magnesium aids issues from constipation to stress, anxiety and sugar cravings
- If you are deficient in magnesium, Jessica recommends you supplement levels
A top nutritionist has proclaimed the importance of magnesium, and says that it is the one mineral that she finds beneficial to ‘almost every client’.
Jessica Sepel, from Sydney, said magnesium can aid a host of issues, from sleep problems to constipation, stress management, anxiety, depression and even sugar cravings.
But 80 per cent of men and women are deficient in it, which leads to countless health problems down the track.
A top nutritionist has shared why her favourite mineral is magnesium, and revealed that when she is in a clinic, it’s the one thing that helps ‘almost every client’ (Jessica Sepel pictured)
Jessica Sepel (pictured), from Sydney, believes magnesium can aid a host of issues, from sleep problems to constipation, stress management, anxiety, depression and even sugar cravings
‘As a dietary source, magnesium is naturally found in many of our favourite foods, including black beans, avocado, nuts, seeds, leafy greens and wholegrains,’ Jessica wrote on her blog.
‘However, most of us don’t consume the recommended daily intake of magnesium, which is mainly attributed to poor soil quality and a low consumption of magnesium-rich foods.’
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle aches, cramps, anxiety and insomnia.
You could also be struggling with high blood pressure, asthma, PMT-style symptoms and an eye tic if you are deficient.
What are the benefits of magnesium for the body?
1. Muscle relaxation and bone support
The first benefit for the body is muscle relaxation and general bone support. Jessica said magnesium helps reduce muscle cramps when dietary intake is inadequate. It can support muscle relaxation, function, contraction and bone density.
2. Better sleep
Magnesium has long been touted as the secret to a good night’s sleep, and Jessica said this is with good reason. Magnesium helps improve your sleep by regulating specific receptor systems. It can also influence the neurophysiologic and neuroendocrine mechanisms involved in sleep.
3. Improved nervous system health
The third benefit of magnesium is improved overall nervous system health. ‘Magnesium plays an essential role in nerve transmission and neuromuscular function, and can therefore play a part in neurological conditions,’ Jessica said. For this reason, magnesium helps to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for keeping your body in a calm, relaxed state.
4. Better heart health
If you have the right levels of magnesium in your body, you’re much less likely to get cardiovascular complications including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure and other heart conditions.
5. Metabolism of sugar and carbs
Jessica said magnesium assists with the metabolism of sugar and carbs, as well as protein synthesis. If you are looking to get or remain slim, this can be another good reason to supplement.
6. Menstrual support
Finally, Jessica pointed to studies, which report low magnesium levels in women with PMS. Low magnesium can affect mood and lead to feelings of anxiety, which can be compounded during PMS.
Source: JS Health
If you suspect you are deficient in magnesium, Jessica (pictured) said you should consider supplementing with a quality magnesium formula
If you suspect you are deficient in magnesium, Jessica said you should consider supplementing with a quality magnesium formula.
‘I use a magnesium supplement personally in my everyday life. I am VERY particular about using only the purest and most absorbable types of magnesium,’ Jessica said.
This led her to create her own JS Health Magnesium+ Vitamin Formula ($24.99).
‘The Vitamin Formula is double strength and contains three of the most highly absorbed types of magnesium,’ Jessica said.
The nutritionist (pictured) outlined that you can also find magnesium in certain foods, including nuts, leafy greens, bananas, brown rice and oats
What are the symptoms of magnesium deficiency?
Aching or cramping muscles
Inability to cope with stress
PMT type symptoms
High blood pressure
The highly absorbed types of magnesium include Magnesium Glycinate.
This has a higher bioavailability and increased absorption than other forms of magnesium.
Her supplement also boasts Magnesium Citrate, which can be beneficial for constipation, as it attracts water to your intestines, leading to softer stools and reducing the need to push.
Finally, it has Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, which has significantly higher absorption rates than other forms of Magnesium, especially in relation to Magnesium Oxide.
If you don’t want to supplement, you can also boost your magnesium consumption through diet.
Nuts like almonds, cashews and Brazil nuts are a great choice, while loading up your lunchtime salad with spinach and avocado will also give you a much needed boost.
You should also aim to include as many green leafy vegetables in your diet as possible, as well as bananas, brown rice and oats.