What Does Magnesium do for Muscle Cramps?
Living without magnesium? Think again! You’d be surprised what magnesium can do for the human body!
Magnesium is an essential element that is a vital part of normal bone and tooth growth, along with muscle production and repair in our bodies, to say nothing of its role in converting high-energy glucose stored by the body as fatty tissue into energy.
The short list of things ‘the little mineral that could’ does for us, is impressive!
Magnesium contributes to energy storage (it helps to metabolise calories into easy-to-access energy for the body) and the conversion of fatty tissue into almost instant energy, it helps to build and repair muscles, builds and repairs bones and teeth, and many enzymatic reactions in the body (processes) use magnesium every day of your life.
It’s so important that sports team Doctors regularly prescribe this important mineral to their athletes to increase overall health and recovery, and to aid in muscle growth and injury repair, and helps to maintain stable blood pressure levels.
How Much Magnesium is Enough?
The Nutritional Magnesium Association says that 350mg per day is optimum for both men and women and there are two ways of obtaining this vital mineral – via a magnesium-rich diet, or magnesium supplements.
Either way works, but you may already enjoy some of the magnesium-rich foods. Here is the perfect opportunity to add more of them to your diet. If you add mag-rich foods, you might be able to cut down on other, less nutrient-dense foods and that’s always a good thing. But you know that.
Watch This Video: Magnesium and Calcium Balance
If Your Body is Low in Magnesium, You May Fatigue Sooner
“When there is too much calcium and insufficient magnesium inside a cell, you can get sustained muscle contraction.” You’ll notice more “twitches, spasms, and even convulsions,” especially after a workout.
-- Carolyn Dean, MD, ND (Medical Advisory Board of the Nutritional Magnesium Association)
Magnesium and Muscle Cramps
Working muscles need a constant supply of magnesium, as it works with your body to lower muscle fatigue, muscle soreness, muscle cramps and spasms. It also works in the delivery of a reliable and sustained supply of energy and oxygen to the heart, lungs and muscles and promotes blood clotting around injuries.
A sign of insufficient magnesium intake is constant back pain or experience chronic muscle ache and muscle pain. Low magnesium levels may be the cause.
“Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, even personality changes can occur.”
Like most nutrients, your body’s daily magnesium needs can be met via a combination of grains, nuts, seeds and leafy greens, while some people might prefer the convenience of magnesium supplements which are widely available in health food stores and pharmacies.
The following foods are naturally magnesium-rich. You may see a few of your favorites.
- Black beans
- Dark chocolate
- Pumpkin seeds
Getting healthy, staying fit, and recovering from sports or workplace related injuries will be easier on your body and more enjoyable for you if you’re getting your recommended daily intake of this ultra-important mineral!
Another good source of magnesium is a product called 'Colozone Plus' - we sell in clinic and you can also get online.
Chiropractic and Your Health
By preventing muscle fatigue and cramps, your overall levels of health, including that of your spine and nervous system, will be better for it. If you are susceptible to musculoskeletal problems, such as back pain, headaches or poor posture, a mineral deficiency may make your situation worse.
At Chirolife Rosanna, we believe you should live a healthy and productive life, free from aches and pains, bad posture and health concerns. If this appeals to you, call our clinic today to see how you may benefit from a thorough chiropractic checkup. From Watsonia to Ivanhoe, Eaglemont to greensborough, we have your back.
We look forward to talking with you.
Call the clinic to arrange an evaluation on 03 9458 3255.
References and Resources