Magnesium is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, and some sources say >80% of Americans are deficient. It’s easy to become deficient for 2 reasons:
1) Most soil lacks either magnesium, or the microbes that are responsible for delivering magnesium to plants.
2) Magnesium is burned up by stress… whether stress is good or bad! The Magnesium Burn Rate changes depending on your own personal perception of events.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you might suspect magnesium deficiency: difficulty falling asleep, constipation, muscle cramps, depression/anxiety, heart disease, low energy, bone disease.
Why can’t typical blood tests be trusted? Only 1% of your magnesium is floating in the blood. The rest is stored in your body’s cells and tissues. Either request a “Magnesium RBC” from your doctor, or work with me to do a SpectraCell Nutrient Deficiency test to get an accurate look at your magnesium status, as well as more than a dozen more nutrients!
How to get Magnesium?
- Food! 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds delivers about 375 grams of magnesium (check out the recipes in the attachment). You can also look to spinach, cocoa (!!!), agar seaweed, chives, dill, sage, basil, parsley, fennel for high levels. In general, all nuts, seeds and veggies will theoretically contain magnesium, but it all depends on the soil.
- Supplements should be in the form of “magnesium malate” or “magnesium glycinate”. These molecules are small and easy to absorb. Magnesium citrate is best for constipation because its molecules are large and generally stay in the large intestine… that said, many find success with the powdered form of magnesium citrate for sleep.
- Magnesium L-Threonate is by far the smallest form of magnesium. This means it can pass through the Blood-Brain Barrier and benefit the brain!
- If you go the supplement route, make sure you choose the right form of the highest quality!