Magnesium is a helpful supplement for people on all diets. We hear alot about the importance of calcium, but magnesium is actually more important. According to Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution, magnesium deficiency is often a player in insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and high blood pressure. ”Our modern diet’s heavy reliance on dairy products and grains have displaced fruits and vegetables, generally increasing calcium intake, while our intake of magnesium has fallen to levels well below those seen in our ancestral past. Interestingly, however, our bones have paid the price. Although our intake of calcium is relatively high, magnesium is a critical cofactor in bone formation and actually increases calcium absorption.”
According to this site, “Magnesium is the most important mineral, activating over 350 different processes in your body; among these functions are energy production, digestion, energy production, bone formation, muscle function, activation of B vitamins, creation of new cells, relaxation of muscles and the functioning of your heart, brain, kidneys, as well as the nervous system.”
Fruits and dark green vegetables are our best sources of magnesium, but most of us do not eat enough of these foods to get the recommended amount.
My favorite form of magnesium is Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate. It is a powder that mixes with water to form a fizzy drink. My friend, Erienne, told me about this supplement, and I am so glad! I drink Natural Calm just before bed, and it definitely relaxes me, and helps me sleep. I’ve always had problems falling asleep, but this supplement has been very helpful. It has also been known to help those with restless leg syndrome.
Here’s a little information about Natural Calm from their website:
“Natural Calm is the solution to restoring a healthy magnesium level and balancing your calcium intake—the result of which is natural stress relief. Developed by pioneering nutritional researcher Peter Gillham, Natural Calm is the best-selling magnesium supplement on the market according to health food supermarket scanner reports (SPINs data, 2006). It features a proprietary process that provides the most absorbable, effective and fast-acting magnesium.
Natural Calm handles excess calcium in the body and can gradually reduce accumulated calcium, giving a new lease on life and instant relief to many symptoms of magnesium depletion.
Whether you take a calcium supplement or get your calcium from dairy products or green leafy vegetables, you should accompany calcium with the Natural Calm necessary to properly balance it.”