- Magnesium is necessary to breakdown the food we eat, particularly carbohydrate and fat into energy. It also allows the body to produce more Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which is a major contributor to the growth and strength of muscles and is required by cells to produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate) the body’s main source of energy.
Muscle & Nerve Health
- While approximately 60% of magnesium is found in bone structure, an important portion is found in the bloodstream (extracellular fluid) where it helps support proper muscle contractions and nerve health.
- Relaxes the nervous system – Serotonin, which relaxes the nervous system and elevates mood, is dependent on Magnesium.
- Better flexibility – Magnesium loosens tight muscles. Without Magnesium, muscles do not relax properly and cramps occur. Magnesium is important for flexibility, because low Magnesium results in a buildup of lactic acid, causing pain and tightness.
- Magnesium is also important in the production of thyroid hormones, adrenaline, and insulin, which are associated with carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Having these three hormones functioning properly is important for overall health, energy health and well-being.
- Unfortunately, 59% of American adults do not consume adequate amount of this mineral. Common food sources of magnesium are: whole grains (brown rice, oat bran, whole wheat), dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and beans. If you do not consume enough of these magnesium-rich foods, a supplement may be beneficial.
- The sleep regulating hormone melatonin is disturbed when Magnesium is deficient. Furthermore, Magnesium brings balance and controls stress hormones. Stress and tension are often reasons why people suffer from insomnia in the first place.
Bone integrity and strength
- Magnesium helps to fix calcium properly. It may blow some people’s mind that the calcium supplements they’re taking are not only useless, but are actually contributing to osteoporosis! There are actually about eighteen essential nutrients that contribute to bone health; Magnesium is definitely one of the most essential, because it stimulates a particular hormone called calcitonin. And, it also suppresses a hormone called parathyroid that breaks down bone.
- Magnesium deficiency causes an unhealthy balance of phosphorous and calcium in saliva, which damages teeth.
Alkalizes the body
- Magnesium helps return the body’s pH balance. Magnesium reduces lactic acid, which is partly responsible for post-exercise pain (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
- Hydrates – Magnesium is a necessary electrolyte essential for proper hydration.
- Helps to relieve constipation – Magnesium can be used to cleanse the bowels of toxins.
- Enzyme function – Enzymes are protein molecules that stimulate every chemical reaction in the body. Magnesium is required to make hundreds of these enzymes work and assists with thousands of others.
- Diabetes – Magnesium enhances insulin secretion, which facilitates sugar metabolism. Without Magnesium, glucose is not able to transfer into cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the blood, causing various types of tissue damage, including the nerves in the eyes.
Making your own magnesium oil is very simple. I found the “recipe” if you can call 2 ingredients a recipe from here. However being the impulsive person that I am I purchased a different kind of magnesium than this recipe called for. YIKES!! However, after doing more research I opted to use the magnesium options I had handy and with similar results.