Can Magnesium help with Muscular aches and pains?

Dr Amanda Pike
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Magnesium has just arrived in the clinic so we thought we’d share why we love it so much.

Magnesium has just arrived in the clinic so we thought we’d share why we love it so much.

A scoop of magnesium powder in a small amount of water is our bed time ritual, and it sends us off soundly.

Magnesium is a mineral that supports hundreds of chemical reactions in the body. It can enhance exercise performance, fight depression, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes or manage it better if you already have it, lowers blood pressure in people with elevated levels, acts as an anti-inflammatory in chronic disease and reduces the risk of migraines. But over half the population doesn’t get enough of it in their diets.

The foods that are highest in magnesium are pumpkin seeds, cooked spinach, dark chocolate (yeah… I know right! We should all have sufficient magnesium), black beans, quinoa and almonds. Or there are many supplements that can increase your dosage if you don’t eat enough of those foods. Try ingesting it in a powder or tablet, or you can find it in an oil spray for your muscles.

Best taken or ingested daily rather than intermittently. If you are on other medication, please consult your doctor as it may interfere with other drugs.

References:

Gröber U, Schmidt J, Kisters K. Magnesium in prevention and therapy. Nutrients. Published 2015 Sept 23. 7(9):8199-226. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26404370

de Baaj JH, Hoenderop JG, Bindels RJ. Magnesium in man: implications for health and disease. Physiol Rev. Published 2015 Jan 01. 95;(1):1-46. http://doi.org/10.1152/physrev.00012.2014

Gatchel RJ. The Continuing and Growing Epidemic of Chronic Low Back Pain. Healthcare (Basel). 2015;3(3):838–845. Published 2015 Sep 15. doi:10.3390/healthcare3030838

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