What are the benefits of Magnesium?- Best Natural Sources of Magnesium

Magnesium benefits

What are the benefits of Magnesium?

Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.

Magnesium is required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis.This mineral does a lot more than you make think it does.

Magnesium is the 2nd most abundant element inside the human cell.What foods are rich in Magnesium

Were you aware how good magnesium is for your brain?

Magnesium in mind:

  • Enhance synaptic plasticity and density
  • Strengthens synaptic connections, boosting learning ability.
  • Promotes short and long term memory
  • Counters depression
  • Spurs extinction of fear memory
  • Reverses Cognitive deficits in Alzheimers disease
  • Increases duration of deep sleep
  • Decreases levels of stress hormone cortisol.

Would it not be great if the doctors mentioned taking magnesium to their patients to help with the cognitive deficits and Alzheimers?

Why do you need a Magnesium Supplement?

With the magnesium content of soil declining over the past several decades, the magnesium content in food has also declined.  Processing and refining grains further diminish the magnesium content of food.

Some of the main health challenges that have been linked to a magnesium deficiency include:

    • Hormone imbalance and PMSWhat are the benefits of Magnesium
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Heart attack
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Osteoporosis
    • Constipation
    • Tension or migraine headaches
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Chronic fatigue


Living with any of the above symptoms is not a great way to have a balanced healthy life.  Magnesium is only one of the minerals that can help with the above, but not the only one.

Always there is an emotional component as well and as always I recommend Emotional Freedom Techniques. Dealing with the emotional component of any of your physical symptoms will reduce the amount of pain you are going through.

When choosing your supplement of choice please make sure the only ingredient is magnesium and not a chemical component added.

Best Sources of Magnesium

Magnesium is found in Magnesium Chloride, found naturally in the sea. Magnesite the insoluble rock salt also known as magnesium carbonate.  In plant matter, as the central element in chlorophyll.   You can find magnesium in the following foods.

  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Banana
  • Figs            Benefits of Magnesium
  • Black Beans
  • Avacado
  • Pumpkin Seeds

Including the above foods into your daily diet, especially if they are organic and come from a rich soil should help in some way to get you some magnesium into your system.  If you are deficient then you would need to eat large amounts of these foods to compensate for your deficiency.

Recommended daily amount of magnesium according to the Linus Pauling Institute is  RDA for magnesium intake (400-420 mg/day for men and 310-320 mg/day for women).

When the best sources of magnesium are not enough then this is when you have to include the use of a good magnesium supplement.

You may not have realized how Magnesium can help your brain and your stress levels. I was pleasantly surprised as I have been looking into and researching the brain for decades.  It is always refreshing when I find information that helps your brain work to its full capacity.

Minerals have many roles in your health and wellness and it is always best to research and stay informed. Everyone is an individual and depending on their bodies, what is good for one is not necessarily good for another.

When seeing my clients I take everything into consideration before recommending any source or change to their diets, supplements, and medications.

Make sure you do not change any medication or supplements without consulting your medical practitioner first.

Please share this with others for them to benefit also.  Your comments on your experience with magnesium would also be beneficial.


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  1. Michelle

    I started using magnesium a month ago after someone recommended it to me. I never knew if I needed this mineral. And even though, I using it for almost a month, I did not know its benefits are until I read this post. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you for your comments. It is such a great mineral with great benefits, I use it all the time and have good benefits from it.

  2. Arthur Siew

    Wow, I was never really educated in magnesium. I thought they are mostly used for combustion or something but ya, i do heard about the health benefit of magnesium and I think that they offer health benefit neurologically and good for your immune system

    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Very important mineral not to be overlooked.

  3. Lynne Huysamen

    Oh wow, I had no idea that magnesium had such amazing benefits.

    I had no idea that magnesium has such an effect on things like depression, anxiety and sleep.

    I have had sleep problems my whole life, I wonder if taking magnesium supplements would help me with this.

    Thanks for making me aware of this. I am always interested in natural ways to aid better sleep.

    1. helenvella (Post author)

      You are welcome, and I think it would be especially beneficial for you in your quest for health as it is so good for the brain also.

  4. Lawrence Gregory

    What a great website to stop at for the night!

    Thanks for sharing all the benefits of magnesium.

    This is a post which one must simply bookmark 😉

    Thank you Helen.

    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Thank you Lawrence magnesium is a very important mineral and should be taken daily by everyone.

  5. Steve

    Hi, I have a colleague at work who swears by magnesium supplements. I always thought they were a bit of a con. But reading your post has highlighted a lot of the potential benefits Thanks

    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Glad I was able to help. Magnesium is a very important mineral that should be taken daily. Thanks for your comments.


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