Magnesium is one of the most essential minerals to the human body. Processes such as muscle and nerve function, bone formation and strength, regulation of blood glucose and blood pressure, and the creation of protein all require magnesium. (1) Some 300 of the body’s most important cellular reactions rely on magnesium as a building block.
As universal as the importance of magnesium is, women should take special care to get enough. Maintaining balanced levels of magnesium throughout a lifetime can contribute to overall health in women.
Magnesium plays an active role in the transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes. This process is what allows muscles to contract properly. One type of muscle contraction all women are familiar with is menstrual cramps. While these are never pleasant, increased muscle spasms and cramps can often result from magnesium deficiency. (1) A proper level of magnesium may help balance the severity of regular menstrual cramps.
Magnesium may also offer a potential answer for women struggling with PMS. Signs of PMS such as premenstrual migraines, irritability, low mood, and cramps appear similar to signs of low magnesium. One study explored this connection and supplemented women with 250mg of magnesium daily for three months. Thirty-four percent experienced general relief of their PMS symptoms. (2) By the second month of treatment with magnesium, women experienced improvement in mood and pain related to PMS. In a different randomized trial, magnesium with B6 effectively relieved PMS-related anxiety and menstrual migraines. (3)
Magnesium for women may be an added combatant against thyroid problems. In general, women are more likely to develop thyroid disease than men. According to the American Thyroid Association, one in eight women will develop thyroid problems during her lifetime. (4) Thyroid disease can cause problems with your menstrual cycle, energy levels, and weight gain.
One animal study identified magnesium’s role in essential thyroid hormone production. (5) This study makes the positive suggestion that balanced magnesium levels may help lead to a balanced thyroid.
Women’s bones tend to be smaller and thinner than men’s. This puts women at a greater risk for developing osteoporosis in their lifetime. Of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about eight million or 80% are women. Additionally, the hormone majorly responsible for protecting bone integrity in women is estrogen. When a woman approaches menopause, estrogen levels tend to drop significantly, which can lead to bone loss. For this reason, a woman’s chance of developing osteoporosis increases dramatically after menopause. (6)
Studies have found that magnesium deficiency contributes to osteoporosis in a number of ways. Too little magnesium means weaker bone structure and cells. It also impacts the secretion and activity of parathyroid hormone, which plays an essential role in the rebuilding of bone. Magnesium deficiencies may also result in low-grade inflammation, which scientists have linked to bone loss. (7, 8) Making sure your body is supplied with all the magnesium it needs can help fortify you against these conditions and more.
Eating a magnesium-rich diet is the best way to make sure you have enough magnesium. Taking oral supplements is the most common method of making up the extra magnesium you need if your diet isn’t supplying you with enough. Always consult a doctor before adding supplements to your diet to ensure your intake levels are properly balanced with your health needs.
MyKore Essentials offers a different approach with our Pure Magnesium Oil topical spray. Use this product as an on-the-spot answer to muscle stiffness and cramps, joint pain due to inflammation, or for the onset of headaches, migraines or sleeplessness. Just apply the oil directly to the skin for immediate and rapid absorption. This form of supplementation is perfect for targeted delivery of magnesium right when and where you need it.