Benefits of Magnesium

Sara K. Larsen - Monday, June 02, 2014

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

 - Spinach

 - Pumpkin seeds

 - Nuts

 - Raisins

 - Beef

 - Broccoli