30 days of Hormone Balancing (14) – The benefits of Magnesium

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No 14 – The benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that is required in relatively large quantities by the body – a macro-nutrient. Magnesium is a vital component of many crucial biochemical processes and yet many women who follow a standard western diet are deficient in this mineral.

There is a link between lower dietary intake of calcium and magnesium and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Calcium, in combination with magnesium, regulates muscular contractions which are the major cause of pre-menstrual pain. Generally if following a standard western diet, most women will have more than enough calcium, but be deficient in magnesium. Women with PMS have been found to have lower levels of red blood cell magnesium than women who don’t have symptoms.

Studies have found that supplementing with 200 – 250 mg of Magnesium per day can lead to a reduction in symptoms such as cramps, fluid retention, breast tenderness and bloating by some 30-40%. Supplementing with magnesium may therefore be extremely useful in alleviating PMS-related pain and even more effective when taken with vitamin B6, another important nutrient that can ease PMS-related symptoms.

Magnesium is classed as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and helps to  calm and relax body systems, including the nervous system. This can help with mood swings, energy levels and a general feeling of being in balance.

Foods high in Magnesium include brown rice, dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, dried fruit and dark chocolate.

Comments

  1. Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for our body.
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  2. Me too. I’m suffering from hormonal imbalance right now. It sucks.
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