Magnesium - The Wonder Mineral

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When you are under stress, you will notice that your heart rate increases and your skin becomes flushed. Your body is accelerating to defend itself from harm. While early humans had different stressors, like fleeing away from predators, modern life too has problems that produce a similar response in our bodies, such as micromanaging bosses or financial concerns. But this adrenaline that comes with our fight or flight response is not a constantly desirable state. Eventually, we risk experiencing burnout and depression. This is where magnesium, one of the safest and most effective methods for dealing with a broad range of pains, comes in.

What is that one feeling we crave when we’re in pain? The sense of calm. Magnesium does precisely that. It calms you down and is hence a fantastic pain reliever! The human body comes inbuilt with a natural magnesium composition, running short on which can impact our ability to withstand stress or maintain our brain health. Over time, low magnesium levels can cause bone fragility and electrolyte imbalances. Headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and weakness are all indications of mild magnesium deficiency. On the other hand, muscle cramps, seizures, personality changes, and an irregular heartbeat are all symptoms of a severe magnesium deficit. It can’t be overstated how vital this cog is in the wheel of our bodies working brilliantly!

Pain management with magnesium

Neuropathic pain

When a part of the central or peripheral nervous system is injured or begins to malfunction, it can cause excruciating pain, known as neuropathic pain. Spinal cord damage, multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy, radiation injury, chemotherapy problems, and malignancy are some of the many conditions that can lead to neuropathic pain. Magnesium has shown effective results in reducing pain by blocking the pain receptors.

Headaches and migraines

Studies have found that patients with cluster headaches and classic or common migraines, especially menstrual migraines, have low magnesium levels. A study published in 2021 compared valproate sodium to magnesium oxide and discovered magnesium was equally effective in preventing migraine attacks without potentially harmful side effects. Some evidence further proves that taking magnesium tablets daily can help avoid headaches brought on by menstruation! For further migraine protection, you can try our Headache Roll on.

Osteoporosis and fibromyalgia

Many studies have shown that magnesium supplementation and correction of insufficiency have reduced symptoms of osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pains. In the case of chronic pain, magnesium's ability to counteract calcium's muscle and nerve-calming actions can be beneficial. Simply put, magnesium acts as its stopper when nerve receptors are overactive.
Magnesium also helps pain management during and after surgical processes and has proven to help you live a better, more relaxed life.

Sources of magnesium

Nuts, whole grains, milk products, legumes, seeds, fish, meat, and leafy green vegetables are all excellent sources of magnesium. The best food sources of magnesium, according to a recent study, are:
  • Spinach
  • Legumes
  • Tofu
  • Fatty fish
  • Dark chocolate
  • Cashew
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Lima beans
  • Tuna fish
  • Flaxseeds
  • Brown rice
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Yoghurt
  • Bananas

Is magnesium better consumed orally or topically?

While magnesium supplements are generally accepted as safe for most people to take, however, many agree that magnesium is best absorbed through transdermal application, that is, through your skin. Your best bet might be a magnesium-based topical cream that helps absorb the magnesium through the skin in a fast-acting and relieving way! You can shop our Magnesium Lotions in the Sleep and Stress variants to add the required amount of this vital supplement.
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