The Importance of Magnesium

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Magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzyme reactions in the human body. It is such a crucial mineral that in can be referred to as our body’s “master commander”. 

Magnesium supports the health of your bones, heart, brain, nervous system, immune system, sleep, and producing antioxidants to ward off diseases. It is also deeply involved in electrolyte balance, glucose metabolism, ATP production, and muscle activity. Magnesium deficiency causes all kinds of havoc within your cells and other bodily processes. The USDA has found that over 50% of adults in the U.S.A. are getting less than their daily requirement of magnesium.

The energy that fuels your heart in addition to all other energy output especially during exercise is called ATP: adenosine triphosphate. It is made from the food you eat (especially glucose from carbs). But you can’t make ATP without magnesium. Magnesium is needed for all three stages necessary to convert glucose into ATP. Once made, ATP must attach itself to a magnesium ion in order for it to be used by the body; magnesium is in every ATP molecule. That is why it was necessary for Protea’s Vegan Amino to incorporate magnesium 100mg to support this energy system. 

A deficiency in magnesium contributes to digestive trouble. It is actually impossible to digest food without magnesium. Without magnesium, your body can’t perform the “mechanics” of digestion, make hydrochloric acid (stomach acid), make digesting enzymes for carbs, proteins and fats, and repair and protect your digestive organs (esophagus, stomach, intestines, pancreas, colon).

Many of us don’t sleep well. In fact, nearly 50% of older adults have insomnia, with difficulty getting to sleep, early awakening, or not feeling refreshed when you wake because you didn’t sleep soundly. Magnesium prepares your body for sleep by relaxing your muscles. It also helps to “shut your mind off,” and calms your nerves by regulating two of your brain’s messengers called neurotransmitters that tend to keep you awake. Magnesium is also essential to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm and sleep cycle. Getting enough magnesium helps reduce and prevent sleep disorders.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency are difficult to pinpoint because they can show up in any part of your body. Initial mild symptoms can range from trouble concentrating, dizziness and excessive menstrual pain to fatigue, headaches, facial twitching and heart palpitations. Common symptoms also include constipation, food cravings, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, irritability, and anxiety.

This is why including magnesium in our Vegan Aminos was so important. Vegan Amino can be taken any time and not just during workouts, to support overall health with important enzyme processes within the body. 

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