Why Magnesium is Important and Which Form to Choose

Magnesium is all about relaxation, so anywhere in the body where there is too much contraction occurring is a sign you may benefit from a magnesium supplement. 

Do you want…

  • More energy
  • Less pain
  • Better moods
  • Fewer headaches
  • Balanced hormones
  • Better sleep
  • Healthier digestion

Why do we need Magnesium?

In all honesty, how long have you got?

Magnesium is by far, my favourite supplement as a naturopath practitioner.

  • Modern diets; with packaged and processed foods are void of good quality magnesium.
  • The soil our food is grown in has dramatically reduced amounts of magnesium
  • Extensive food processing makes it very difficult to get enough magnesium in our diets, no matter how ‘clean’ they are.
  • Our fast-paced modern lifestyles mean that most people are not getting anywhere near enough magnesium in their diets.
  • Any type of stress simply dumps magnesium out of the body. However, it’s not just emotional stress, or ‘feeling’ stressed. Food can be medicine, or it can be stressful too – think caffeine, sugar & alcohol – all stressful for the body, and all dump magnesium out of the body too.

We need Magnesium as it’s required for hundreds of functions in the body, and this scientifically proven need is primarily involved around Magnesium activating so many enzymes in the body.

How do you know if you need Magnesium?

Magnesium is all about relaxation, so anywhere in the body where there is too much contraction going on is a sign you need magnesium.

Physical signs you might need more magnesium in your body:

  • eye twitches
  • muscle twitches
  • restless legs at night, muscle pain
  • period pain and cramping migraines
  • low energy
  • high blood pressure heartburn
  • insomnia
  • poor memory and concentration
  • constipation
  • depression
  • mood Swings
  • fatigue

These are all signs you’re not getting enough. Without magnesium, nothing relaxes. These are all clues your body is crying out for this precious mineral.

How can we get Magnesium?

Food, glorious food! Examples of foods rich in magnesium:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dark green leafy veg such as spinach (as Magnesium is part of the chlorophyll in plants)
  • Almonds,
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts 
  • Beans, pulses, lentils
  • Tofu
  • Brown rice
  • Avocados and, wait for it...
  • Dark chocolate!

How can we get it more Magnesium?

Therapeutic Supplements

There are a tonne of different forms of magnesium. Knowing what you need and why is key.

Whilst magnesium supplementation can be one of the best, and also one of the safest places to start with supplementation; high strength magnesium is often associated with poor tolerance in the gut, and is known to be linked to diarrhoea. Quality is key.

Check out some of my favourite supplements, and why below. 




Muscle Recovery

Magnesium Sulfate and/or Magnesium Chloride. Think Epsom Salts; these forms are generally used topically in the bath and/or as a spray on the skin. They can be incredibly relaxing for sore, tired muscles and to help with good quality, restful sleep


Nervous system support; depression, anxiety, insomnia

Magnesium Glycinate and/or Magnesium Threonate



Magnesium Malate


Hormone balance

Powdered myo-inositol, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium with Withania & Shatavari


Sports performance

Powdered creatine, magnesium & glutamine for physical performance

 iThrive Love Your Muscles Magnesium - 1st Nature

Magnesium deficiency

High-strength magnesium glycinate formula


Constipation – long term relief

Magnesium Citrate (a Magnesium ‘all rounder’)


Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Levels

Magnesium Taurate


Constipation – short term relief

Magnesium Oxide and/or Hydroxide. These forms are not very well absorbed, but are incredibly therapeutic in smaller doses to help ease constipation, fast.



Shop the range of Magnesium today!

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