I don't focus much on supplements because I prefer to get my nutrients from whole foods, but for the past few months I have been hearing a lot about the mineral magnesium and how it is an antidote for stress. I’m not particularly more stressed than usual, but I've always struggled with anxiety before bed so I thought I would look into this “relaxation mineral”. While researching, I was surprised to find so many benefits of magnesium and what it can do to the body. I've been adding more magnesium rich foods into my diet and started taking a supplement a month ago and I can already feel a difference.
Why is magnesium necessary for the body?
Magnesium helps maintain muscles, nerves, and bones, and studies have shown that a diet rich in magnesium can help protect against risk factors that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
Benefits of magnesium:
- Helps optimize the use of oxygen in the body in order to burn calories.
- Brings balance and controls stress hormones.
- Relaxes the nervous system.
- Loosens tight muscles and prevents cramps.
- Alkalizes the body.
- Helps to relieve constipation.
- Hydrates the body.
Foods rich in magnesium:
- Whole grains
- Pumpkin seeds