When it comes to working out, we often neglect vitamins and minerals. However, they can be really helpful to achieve your goals and deliver better performances in the gym. Magnesium, for instance, is one of the most underrated supplements on the market. In North America, we estimate that 60% to 70% don’t have the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of magnesium per day. Plus, there is a consensus between many experts to say that magnesium’s RDA is definitely too low, and that if it were to be adjusted, the percentage of people that would suffer from a magnesium deficiency would be up to 85%.
Magnesium deficiency can be caused by many things, and often leads to less stress resistance. The most important cause of the deficiency is the stress level. High cortisol levels can lead to magnesium losses up to 200mg per day. Plus, since it leads to less stress resistance, your body will enter a vicious circle as it will feel even more stressed, every time you lose magnesium. The second important cause of magnesium deficiency is related to Calcium levels. There’s an important ration between these two minerals to maintain to have a good magnesium level: 1mg of calcium for every mg of magnesium. Unfortunately, with today’s dairy products consumption, this ration is often around 5:1, and sometimes even up to 15:1. This unbalanced ratio is often related to magnesium deficiency than the calcium overload.
The magnesium deficiency can lead to many health problems. The most common are: ADHD, fibromyalgia, autism, diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and anxiety since the body’s stress resistance is lowered. It can also lead to bad protein synthesis; it lowers the body’s ability to use digestive enzymes, and antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
There are many forms of magnesium in supplements, so let’s keep it simple. When you buy magnesium, be sure to look at the dosage for glycinate and glycerophosphate. They are both the best forms of magnesium you can take according to their bioavailability.
Long story short: keep in mind that magnesium is a really important mineral. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked as a supplement. We decided to summarize its benefits for you:
- Magnesium helps support cognitive function,
- Helps balance emotions and stress
- Helps prevent insomnia
- Helps balance the blood sugars levels
- Improves bone density
- Improves cardiovascular health