Magnesium - The wonder mineral for menopausal women!
Magnesium (Mg) is a real game changer for Menopausal women. Did you know that Mg is required by all your organs and is a co-factor 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?
It is required for energy production. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione.
Mg also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm. Healthy Mg levels are key to nerve function, muscle contraction, heartbeat, and healthy bones.
Magnesium is needed for proper function of so many functions. The main ones include cells and the GABA receptors in the brain, and GABA is the neurotransmitter that allows the brain to transition to a restful state. It is also required in the reactions that create ATP energy in the cells. Most is stored in bones, muscles and soft tissue.
If you are menopausal and especially if you have any physical menopausal symptoms, the chances are exceptionally high that you are deficient.
Should I have Magnesium?
Magnesium for menopausal women is absolutely critical, like Calcium, Iron & Zinc!.
The reason for this is that:
a) It is estimated that at least 75% of the population is deficient
b) Few people eat a diet rich in essential nutrients and fewer have optimal gut processing
c) Menopause tends to come with gut issues. Few menopausal women have 100% optimal gut microbiome and functioning.
d) Stress depletes magnesium levels rapidly. Menopause women have physical, biological and emotional stress! Not to mention lack of sleep and mood changes that also affect your stress levels in the body, causing magnesium to be depleted.
d) Most menopausal women have some level of pain, whether joint, muscular or restless leg!
Studies with menopausal women should significant reduction in menopausal symptoms when achieving a higher level of magnesium intake.
Can't I just eat my way out of it or take a magnesium supplement?
Yes, you can. However, many studies show that our gut can only absorb about 30-40% of Magnesium from our diet.
Taking supplements also faces the same issue. It is also fraught with gastrointestinal issues.
That’s why we recommend transdermal magnesium for menopausal women.
What's the big deal?
Research to date shows Magnesium-deficiency has been linked to specifically to Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, migraines, hypertension, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and heart disease. Studies also show that Magnesium may also be linked to prevent hearing loss, kidney stones and migraine headaches.
Various research shows Magnesium may improve sleep issues (including restless leg syndrome and insomnia), chronic pain, fibromyalgia, auto-immune diseases, Lyme disease, COPD, MS, Migraines, high blood pressure, heart attacks, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Menopause, irregular heartbeat, stress, anxiety, depression or an unhealthy ratio of HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol.
There is now a growing body of evidence that suggests stress and gut microbiome (which are related) are factors related to menopause symptoms and mood issues, including depression and anxiety..