“So many patients and doctors are unaware that a deficiency in a simple mineral can lead to so many problems,” says Dr. Dennis Goodman, Clinical Assoc. Professor of Cardiology at NYU. Magnesium helps regulate cortisol (too much can lead to anxiety), melatonin (essential for sleep), and blood pressure, and provides the energy to contract and relax the heart and other muscles. Low magnesium levels can lead to symptoms like exhaustion, irritation, and sleeplessness.
Many Americans are magnesium deficient because we eat so many fried and refined foods, processed in a way that strips out the mineral. If you find that your levels are low, you can usually get balanced with supplements and changes to your diet.
Information shared from http://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/health/magnesium-the-missing-mineral-20140117
10 Benefits of Magnesium for Men’s Health
Magnesium is usually associated with bone health (along with calcium) and supporting cardiovascular function, yet this mineral is actually necessary for more than 300 biochemical processes in the body.
Magnesium boosts levels of free testosterone.
Magnesium improves bone strength and integrity.
Magnesium and calcium are often viewed as two minerals critical for supporting and maintaining bone health. A major role of magnesium in bone health is to stimulate a hormone called calcitonin, which helps regulate the amount of calcium involved in building bone.
Magnesium enhances exercise recovery and performance.
When you exercise, your body loses fluids, including magnesium and other electrolytes. A decline in magnesium levels can impair your exercise performance and exacerbate the negative impact of strenuous exercise, including slow recovery times and risk of injury.
Magnesium helps you sleep better.
Far too many people don’t get a sufficient amount of sleep, and magnesium could help you remedy that problem. The hormone melatonin plays a major role in the sleep/wake cycle, and magnesium is necessary for melatonin to function properly and thus facilitate sleep.
Magnesium helps balance mood.
The brain chemical serotonin needs adequate amounts of magnesium to help maintain a balanced mood and proper nervous system function. Too little of the mineral can result in a drop in levels of serotonin and, as a result, contribute to depression, according to a study from the Medical University of Vienna.
Magnesium helps develop stronger muscles.
Among the 300+ activities that magnesium is involved in are (1) playing a key role in the production of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which you need to muscle growth and strength; and (2) being an integral part of the production of ATP, which fuels your cells.
Magnesium improves muscle flexibility.
You need a sufficient amount of magnesium to allow your muscles to relax and contract properly. If you have a magnesium deficiency or low magnesium levels, you may experience tightness and pain associated with an accumulation of lactic acid/lactate.
Magnesium supports cardiovascular health.
Heart disease is the number one killer of men in the United States, so you want to focus on nutrients that can support cardiovascular health. Magnesium has been shown to help reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of stroke and sudden cardiac death.
Magnesium helps prevent diabetes.
One of magnesium’s many tasks is to boost secretion of insulin, which in turn helps control blood glucose levels. Therefore, a steady adequate intake of magnesium can be beneficial in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Magnesium supports oral health.
Magnesium is an important building block for teeth, along with calcium and phosphorous. Maintaining an adequate intake of magnesium is especially important because it is responsible for the hardness of the enamel on your teeth.