Magnesium is a very important mineral, and frankly it is neglected in the “Standard American Diet.” It’s one of the most common mineral deficiencies in the United States.
For one, magnesium’s bioavailability can be inhibited by chronic, excessive tea, coffee, grain, refined sugar and/or alcohol consumption, so in order for one to get adequate magnesium one must either supplement this mineral or ditch most of the aforementioned “anti-nutrients.”
Why Is Magnesium So Damn Important?
Here’s the short story of why magnesium is so great:
- Maintains strong bones
- Regulates muscle and nervous function
- Maintains good blood glucose and metabolism
- Helps diminish high blood pressure
There’s so many other things that magnesium is good for that it’s beyond the scope of this little website.
Magnesium is one of many minerals in the body which play a valuable role in skeletal composition. In fact, this mineral is about two-thirds of the material that human bone is made of. Calcium is important, but it overshadows magnesium in terms of mainstream dietary priorities.
Magnesium also plays a very important role in the muscular system. It helps the body relax any muscular tensions that may occur.
In case you weren’t aware, there is a crucial balance that must be maintained between magnesium and calcium, since magnesium relaxes muscles whereas calcium contracts them. It’s similar to the relationship between sodium and potassium.
I know exactly when I’m not getting enough magnesium when I start randomly having painful muscle spasms and cramps in my body for no apparent reason. When this happens, I reach for the magnesium.
If a woman is suffering from PMS and cramps and trying to load up on sugary foods, chances are she’s not getting adequate magnesium in her diet. Feed her unsweetened cocoa since it’s chock full of magnesium and iron. Chicks are already deficient in iron as it is from all the bleeding they do. Plus it’s a good LTR move if she’s your main squeeze. Magnesium keeps sugar cravings at bay, which means the fat will stay away.
(Note that the phytic acid content of cocoa can reduce absorption of minerals like calcium and iron — use it at the appropriate time of day.)
Danger & Play has a great post about magnesium (linked below), where he quotes studies which prove the benefits of magnesium to men, including an increase in testosterone. According to the study, it only works if you’re physically active though, so get lifting.
I’ve mentioned it on here before, but the ZMA that’s in TestoJack 100 contains magnesium. As with other minerals, avoid taking with coffee, tea, wine, and so on. Perhaps take it on an empty stomach a couple of hours after your last meal.
Most magnesium supplements are not very bioavailable orally, and so topical, external use is a more viable option: Danger & Play in his same article mentions the use of magnesium oil (which is not really an oil at all) or soaking in epsom salts which are also a great source of magnesium. Both magnesium oil and epsom salts are touted for increasing bodily intake of magnesium as well as relieving cramps, sprains, bruises and inflammation.
Sources of Dietary Magnesium
Some great concentrated sources of magnesium include fresh leafy greens (spinach, chard and collard greens), almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Believe it or not, cocoa is a great source of magnesium too, among other nutrients. It’s good enough to warrant its own post in the near future. Get the darkest organic chocolate you can stomach. Or, take cocoa powder since you can just mix a fat cup of powder into a cup of water. I’m accustomed to bitter tastes, and so plain, unsweetened cocoa powder actually just tastes “sweet” enough to my taste by itself, cold or hot.
You most likely aren’t getting enough magnesium.
Get some magnesium supplements, some cocoa powder, sunflower seeds, magnesium oil, anything to get a little more of this mineral in your system. And stop eating so much damn sugar.
Related external linx
- Danger & Play – Magnesium Oil for Higher Testosterone
- Examine.com – Magnesium
- WHFoods – Magnesium
- iHerb – Magnesium