The Top Five Athletic Performance Benefits of Magnesium
A 2012 study of elite runners found that Magnesium, not Sodium or Potassium, is the electrolyte most depleted during races. Low magnesium stores result in significant inflammation not just for runners. Don’t let this happen to you! It helps to understand the athletic performance benefits of Magnesium. Here are five critical reasons to make sure your Magnesium levels are up to par:
Benefit #1: Greater Athletic Strength and Increased Endurance
We know that Magnesium plays a pivotal role in cell energy production and recovery, making it a must for athletes! The reality is that even small shortfalls in Magnesium can seriously impair performance, and athletes just aren’t getting enough. If you’re not optimizing your Magnesium levels, you’re missing out on peak performance and may be leaving muscle gains on the table. Without Magnesium, the enzymes that enable muscle protein synthesis are impaired, compromising your recovery, hypertrophy, and strength.
Benefit #2: Better Hormone Balance – Healthy testosterone and balanced cortisol levels – more balanced nervous system
Healthy testosterone and balanced cortisol levels can make or break an athlete. Magnesium helps maintain this equilibrium by helping to free up testosterone, so that it can work its magic in the body. It also allows for the metabolism of cortisol after hardcore workouts by reducing nervous system activation.
Benefit #3: Better Insulin Sensitivity & Body Composition – superior muscle development and a leaner body composition in less time
Magnesium is known as the mineral of insulin sensitivity. It helps your body metabolize carbs, while influencing the activity of hormones that control blood glucose levels. Robust Magnesium creates a metabolic environment that will help you get superior muscle development and a leaner body composition in less time.
Benefit #4: Faster Recovery – less lactic acid build-up and inflammation
Getting enough bio-available Magnesium can accelerate recovery processes and aid sleep. Magnesium fights inflammation, reduces build up of lactic acid in your muscles, raises antioxidant levels, and helps replenish energy stores in the muscle. It also calms your central nervous system, thus lowering heart rate and enabling a restful sleep. The extra Melatonin that Magnesium helps to synthesise in your body will do wonders to help you get your zzz’s.
Benefit #5: Increased Peak Performance – Greater Power right when you need it
Magnesium is necessary for the explosive movements, making it a key nutrient for athletes who want to enhance athletic performance. For example, volleyball players who supplemented 350 mg of magnesium for 4 weeks increased vertical jump height by an average of 3 cm – a huge amount for trained jumpers!
What matters though is that the Magnesium you are supplementing with is actually arriving where it is needed. They keyword here is bio-availability. Consider that only around 1/3 of any oral Magnesium supplement remains after the sometimes gut wrenching process of digesting. A well formulated Magnesium Spray can deliver this so much faster, and in a much more pleasant, on-demand way. And no, it does not have to sting at all.
Check out our highly concentrated topical Magnesium Sprays and Magnesium Creams when you are looking at getting back into your Flow. There is a reason why our award-winning brand is favoured by many serious athletes of all disciplines.
Sabine & the Spajar Skincare Team