Evidence Based Health Benefits of Magnesium
It is well documented that magnesium has some huge benefits which aid athletic performance and is often a major component of professional performance routines. It increases strength and endurance through cell energy production and makes recovery quicker and more effective. It balances hormone and testosterone levels which in turn, keep your nervous system regulated.
Known also as the mineral of insulin sensitivity, magnesium also helps create a metabolic environment that enables faster, more effective processing of food, particularly carbohydrates.
But not all magnesium is created equally. Taken in tablet form is one thing but did you know that there are many benefits of transdermal (spray) magnesium?
Can’t we just eat food rich in magnesium?
Changes to the way food is farmed has resulted in our soil becoming mineral deficient which has greatly reduced the mineral content of our food. Previously, we didn’t need to think about it beyond ensuring we consumed enough wholegrains, leafy greens, beans, peas and nuts.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case, which means we must turn to supplements to keep our magnesium levels up. You would have to eat around a 1.5 kgs of pumpkin seeds and cashew nuts every single day to absorb enough magnesium via food.
The gentlest approach is to bypass your digestive system completely and instead, absorb it via your skin in spray form. Not only is this more efficient, but it also reduces any side effects that can be experienced in your stomach.
How often do I need to take magnesium?
Our bodies don’t tend to store magnesium as we use so much of it to regulate our biomechanical processes, particularly if you’re physically active. Magnesium works like an electrolyte, meaning the more you move, the more you’ll use.
We recommend starting your day with Flow Body Spray in the morning (eight sprays for women and ten for men) but increasing that if you’re exercising or if you feel you need more support. Usage can vary between individuals but also, depending on what you’re doing at the time.
Should those who are less physically active use magnesium?
Absolutely. Not only will magnesium help athletes perform and recover to optimum levels, but it also helps those who have a less physically demanding lifestyle. Your body knows magnesium well. In fact, it uses magnesium in over 700 different processes every single day.
As stresses in the world have increased, so too has the level of anxiety that people feel. Increasing the amount of magnesium in your body will reduce these feelings and help calm your nervous system temporarily, which is why using it regularly is so important. When you’re stressed, your kidneys release extra magnesium in response to the elevated levels of cortisol, so replacing it is vital.
Magnesium also helps to balance your mood by assisting the production of serotonin and dopamine which contribute to a better functioning body and mind. Sleep will also be more replenishing through magnesium assisting in melatonin production, and your heart will be able to maintain a steadier rhythm.
Tell me more about how magnesium helps the heart?
When someone has a heart attack, magnesium is one of the first things that the ambulance crew would give to you. Magnesium keeps our hearts healthy and, as mentioned before, it ensures it can beat in a steady rhythm.
Magnesium is also the ‘chemical key’ that regulates the absorption of other minerals and trace elements such as potassium and calcium. Imagine Magnesium as the ‘shadow twin brother’ of calcium. Without magnesium, the calcium has great difficulty in reaching the inside of cells. If you were to take no additional calcium at all but instead increased your magnesium intake, your calcium levels would still rise because the calcium that you are consuming through greens, dairy and nuts has a much better chance of being absorbed into the cells.
So not only does magnesium directly benefit the heart, it also enables our bodies to absorb other minerals and elements that are good for it.
Should I use magnesium oils as a spray, gel or roll on?
Beyond personal preference it’s important to consider what you would like to achieve, just daily supplementation or additional relief from discomfort?
As magnesium is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air), water-based magnesium products can technically hold the highest concentration of diluted magnesium. Therefore, a magnesium spray or gel are your most efficient choices for daily supplementation or for athletic use. If you have very sensitive skin choose a completely unscented magnesium spray like our Naked Magnesium Oil Spray.
If you are looking to gain greater physical relief, look for magnesium gel, cream or roll ons that also contain plant-based anti-inflammatories like Arnica or Moringa, and maybe even essential oils in addition to magnesium. 2-in-1 magnesium products like our Flow Ultra Magnesium Gel or Fusion Magnesium Roll On provide mineralisation plus even greater relief for your muscles. If you would like to cover large areas of your body, a gel will be easiest to apply. If you need a hands-free application for when you are on the go, opt for a roll on.
If you’re new to magnesium, I would recommend the Ultimate Magnesium Bundle which includes spajar’s bestselling ‘Flow’, ‘Flex Cool’ and ‘Fusion’. What’s more, buying the bundle is more cost effective.
If you have any questions or would like additional information about the benefits of magnesium, please contact us. We’d love to help.