The Wonder Mineral Magnesium
Posted by Nicola Elliott
So, it seems on (literally) every podcast where we've interviewed the coolest (and most down to earth) wellbeing gurus, they've all mentioned Mg. Yes, MAGNESIUM.
Saying they notice when they don't use it (ie they feel more panicky) or notice they don't sleep as well. Also when we launched our Magnesium range (Body Butter and Bath Salts) we were blown away with the feedback we got, like... "I have serious sleep issues and using this every night has made a significant difference. I fall asleep quicker and I am definitely more relaxed and experiencing better quality sleep." And "I can honestly say that I have had a really restorative sleep having used this Body Butter."
Magnesium (Mg) is an essential mineral utilised in the body. We know that a lot of us have low levels of Magnesium in our body - a bi product of diet, soil being depleted of minerals, and it seems when we're all upping our mineral game - we're feeling the benefits.
"Magnesium is an essential mineral that we require every day due to its involvement in over 600 bodily reactions." Says Laura Murphy BSc (Hons), MSc, Nutritionist at Nutri Advanced. "Magnesium helps to balance the 'sleep-wake cycle' and supports production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin too."
A 2012 study* concluded that Magnesium positively helped those suffering with insomnia too, so you could even say Magnesium is the BFF to Melatonin (the hormone that helps your body know when it's time to sleep and wake up), and we all know we all feel better when we're friends right?
But what about the S word. Stress? Studies** report positive effects of Mg stress levels. Laura says, "Magnesium has an important role to play in helping the body to cope with stress. It does this by helping to regulate the HPA (hypothalamic- pituitary- adrenocortical) axis, which in simple terms means that Magnesium helps to balance stress."
Stress can cause us to waste our Magnesium too. "When under stress, more Magnesium is used up and eliminated from your system, so if you're stressed, you need to up your dietary intake of Magnesium to balance the body's increased needs." Says Laura.
So we're sold. Not only does Magnesium help support our sleep functions, we also need it replenishing when we're stressed too. We're upping our mineral game are you?