Anyone who suffers from bad sleeping knows the effects: it makes you difficult to concentrate properly during the day. Just a little thing in everyday life can easily upset you. If this is your case, you shouldn’t leave it bugging you even more. There could be a simple reason behind the symptoms: Magnesium deficiency. The good news: The deficit can be compensated for quickly and easily, and you feel fitter, fresher and happier within a few weeks. In the following article, we reveal everything you should know about magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium deficiency is not uncommon
The benefits of a sufficient supply of magnesium for the human body is well known. Nevertheless, it has been proven that between 70 and 90 percent of the population suffer from a magnesium deficiency. This can be caused by unbalanced, nutrient-poor diet or due to excessive consumption of magnesium in stressful phases of life, during daily sweaty exercise or due to pregnancy. The body cannot produce magnesium itself; a lack of intake can manifest itself after just a few weeks. It is therefore important to give the body enough of the multifunctional mineral to be able to use the many benefits for wellbeing – like better inner balance, relaxed muscles, restful sleep, moderate blood pressure and a positive mood.
What are the signs of magnesium deficiency?
Unfortunately, there are no clear links that specifically indicate a lack of magnesium, like torn corners of the mouth and vitamin B deficiency. An almost clear indication of a magnesium deficiency, however, are calf cramps at night. If there is also frequent lacking of motivation paired with internal nervousness and muscle tension, this “big picture” of symptoms can be a sign of an undersupply with magnesium. A blood count test at the family doctor will tell you whether there is actually a deficiency.
Effective compensation for a magnesium deficiency
In order to compensate for a proven magnesium deficiency, magnesium should be taken in through food. Walnuts, oatmeals, bananas, broccoli, legumes and sunflower seeds are particularly rich in magnesium. The daily intake of two liters mineral water are also a good source of the valuable electrolyte. In addition, there are dietary supplements such as magnesium glycinate – a particularly well-tolerated type of magnesium that is often used because of its high absorption.
According to the German Nutrition Society, an average daily dose of 140 milligrams of magnesium glycinate is recommended. In the case of an acute and proven magnesium deficiency, the dose can be increased to 400-800mg after consultation with the family doctor. Magnesium supplements are available without a prescription and are affordable. They can be consumed in the form of powders, salts, in capsule form, or as topical oils.
Casida offers the anti-stress mineral in capsule form. Pharmacist Alexander Helm – founder of Casida – recommends taking three to four capsules throughout the day. “In this way, the body gets the optimal supply it needs for regeneration throughout the day.” One capsule contains 105 mg magnesium glycinate.
What makes magnesium glycinate so special?
Magnesium glycinate is a dietary supplement that may help improve sleep disorders, weak nerves and nervous restlessness. One of the ingredients of magnesium glycinate is the amino acid glycine, which is known for its generally calming properties and is very well tolerated by the gastrointestinal tract. That is why this type of mineral is highly recommended for people who want to do something against nervous tension and sleep disorders and who have a sensitive stomach. If taken regularly, body, mind and soul will relax after a few weeks.
In order to support the effect, one should exercise a lot to reduce stress hormones and familiarize oneself with mindfulness exercises in order to positively influence the inner balance.
¹ “Nahrungsergänzung mit Magnesium” Artikel des Lebensmittelverbands Deutschland, online abrufbar auf https://www.lebensmittelverband.de/de/lebensmittel/nahrungsergaenzungsmittel/nahrungsergaenzung-naehrstoffe/nem-magnesium
Alexander Helm is a licensed pharmacist (Martin-Luther University) and the founder of Casida. His vision is to combine pharmaceutical know-how and natural remedy into natural health products, and leverage the power of nature to improve human health.