5 things you need to know about magnesium*

What is magnesium?

Magnesium is a mineral that’s abundant in our diet, responsible for turning the food we eat into energy.

Why do we need it?

Magnesium contributes to normal muscle function, protein synthesis and also reduction of fatigue. Magnesium also helps bones and teeth to absorb calcium.

Where do you get it?

Magnesium can be found naturally in a wide variety of foods such as meat, dairy and fish, as well as wholegrain versions of bread and rice and green leafy vegetables such as spinach.

How much do you need?

Adults (aged 19 – 64) require 270mg per day for females and 300mg per day for men

What are the alternative uses?

Research is ongoing with the use of transdermal magnesium sprays in muscle recovery post sport. I have been trying out BetterYou’s transdermal magnesium sprays* after yoga in the evenings before I go to bed and also after spin classes in the morning. Just simply spray on the desired area, for example for me it’s my knees and lower back and continue with your day/sleep! Holland and Barrett also stock a range of magnesium tablets

Research links

Kass et al, 2017 – Effect of transdermal magnesium cream on serum and urinary magnesium levels in humans: A pilot study

Chandrasekaran et al, 2017 – Permeation of topically applied Magnesium ions through human skin is facilitated by hair follicles

This post is in collaboration with BetterYou, they sent me their product to try for their #MyMagnesium campaign in 2018. All views are 100% my own. This blog post contains affiliate links. Please see your GP before taking any supplements and if your suffering from any pain. Read my full disclaimer here.

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