3 reasons why Magnesium is the ‘Relaxation Mineral’

In the wake of COVID-19 there is increased interest in magnesium due to its many functions within the body and its associated role in disease prevention and overall health. The quality of the magnesium depends not only on its source, the magnesium content of the supplements, but also on its bio availability –…

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In the wake of COVID-19 there is increased interest in magnesium due to its many functions within the body and its associated role in disease prevention and overall health.

The quality of the magnesium depends not only on its source, the magnesium content of the supplements, but also on its bio availability – that is the ability of magnesium to be absorbed and utilized by the body. Magnesium hydroxide is the perfect balance possessing a high level of magnesium and 50% higher solubility than magnesium oxide in water (.009g/l vs .006g/l). It is also soluble in stomach acid allowing better absorption into the blood stream.

At AVER, we believe that the more natural a product is the better it is. Therefore, our Marine Magnesium is a pure ocean-sourced, natural form of magnesium hydroxide containing a minimum of 35% magnesium derived from clean waters off the British Isles.

Marine Magnesium is precipitated from seawater. Seawater contains approximately 3.5% dissolved salts of which about 0.5% is soluble magnesium. The precipitated magnesium hydroxide is washed repeatedly with freshwater and dried to a fine powder.

Now more about why Magnesium is known as nature’s ‘Relaxation Mineral’.

1. Magnesium supports neurotransmitters that calm the body and mind.

Magnesium is a pivotal nutrient for the healthy functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system – the part of the nervous system that’s responsible for getting your body into a calm and relaxed state, ready for bed.

Magnesium also helps to maintain correct levels of the calming neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) – a vital chemical messenger that promotes sleep. Interestingly, the therapeutic aim of many prescription sleeping tablets is to increase levels of GABA; magnesium provides this support naturally.

2. Magnesium balances the effects of stress and anxiety.

When you’re stressed or anxious at night, the brain powers into overdrive, racing with thoughts instead of shutting down. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system – the opposite side of the nervous system that prepares your body for intense physical activity, or to ‘fight or take flight’. This can have a negative impact on sleep. In this ‘hyper-alert’ state it can be a challenge to fall asleep, stay asleep, and the quality of sleep is often compromised too.

So how does magnesium help with all this? Magnesium is involved in regulating the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical) axis, which in simple terms means that magnesium helps to balance stress. Under stress, more magnesium is used up and eliminated from your system, so if you’re stressed, you need to up your dietary intake of magnesium to balance the body’s increased needs.

3. Magnesium relaxes your brain and muscles.

‘Nature’s tranquiliser’ not only relaxes the brain but relaxes your muscles too. Without magnesium, muscles can’t relax and cramps and spasms may start to occur, particularly following a workout. Early research even suggests that some cases of restless legs syndrome (RLS), which itself can cause sleep problems, may be caused by a magnesium deficiency and that magnesium supplements may help to reduce RLS symptoms.

Are you getting enough Magnesium?

Magnesium is the relaxation mineral, helping to calm both mind and body before bed. From its involvement in the production of calming neurotransmitters, to balancing the stress response and even acting as a brain and muscle relaxant, it’s difficult to overestimate the potential sleep benefits of magnesium. If you’re regularly ‘not getting enough’ sleep, perhaps it’s time to assess whether you’re ‘getting enough’ magnesium in your diet?

Useful Resources:

Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker

Why Magnesium Helps You Sleep – Rachel Bartholomew