Magic Magnesium for Diabetics

Magnesium is a very important mineral for the human body and is necessary for the brain and body in maintaining good health. However, it is reported up 80% of Americans are deficient in this miracle mineral. The fourth most abundant mineral in the body is responsible for up to 600 process’. As a result, magnesium may be the missing link you need for good health and for diabetics to manage your diabetes.

Benefits of Magnesium Supplementation

Magnesium plays a key role in blood sugar regulation through glucose and carbohydrate metabolism which is therefore essential for diabetics. Difficulty sleeping and relief from constipation are two other notable reasons to supplement with magnesium.

Magnesium increases water in the intestines and helps to improve bowel movements.

Up to 50% of adults have trouble sleeping. Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, while achieving sound sleep and straight insomnia. The inability to sleep effects many aspects of health in the body. For more on the importance of sleep to good health click here. Magnesium helps to regulate melatonin (sleep hormone) and activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation.

Why are so many people deficient in magnesium?

Some reasons may be the depletion of soil by over farming and making our foods less magnesium rich, increased stress levels, medication and poor diet.

Signs of a magnesium deficiency are muscle spasms, eye twitching, headaches, constipation, restless leg syndrome, low energy, sleeplessness , irritability and anxiety.

So basically if you haven’t pooped in 3 days and are cranky and have a headache, you might need magnesium. The best way to test magnesium levels is to ask your doctor about a magnesium RBC test. This test measures the amount of magnesium in your red blood cells and give the best indicator of your levels.

Food Sources:

Food sources of magnesium include dark chocolate, leafy greens, avocado, nuts (brazil nuts are very high), seeds, legumes and bananas. These healthy foods will benefit diabetics in maintaining magnesium levels and also stabilizing blood sugar.

Types of Magnesium:

  • Sleep supplement – Magnesium glycinate: When I started my journey into magnesium supplementation, I began with a powder form you drink like warm tea before bed at night to sleep better and relieve constipation. There are generic versions but this is available at most health food stores, or can be purchased online. I experienced feeling relaxed and sleeping better.
  • Brain supplement – Magnesium L-threonate: enhances memory and cognitive function
  • Magnesium oxide/citrate: relaxation, constipation
  • Magnesium sulfate: epsom salt, detoxification, relaxation
  •  Energy supplement – Magnesium malate: energy, muscle soreness

There are many different ways to supplement magnesium. Companies make magnesium supplements that include up to 4-5 different types of magnesium and also offer more targeted types of magnesium.

Transdermal (absorbed through the skin): epsom salt baths, magnesium rich lotion, liquid magnesium applied to the skin or put into smoothies. Capsule and powder are also available. Whichever you choose, do it with your doctor and enjoy the amazing benefits of Miracle Magnesium.