Should You Take a Magnesium Supplement?

Ever been curious about taking a magnesium supplement?

While we're proponents of getting your nutrients through food first, magnesium is one of the special cases where a supplement can be handy. Below, we explain why.

What is magnesium?

Magnesium is a mineral that is abundant in the body in healthy persons. It must be consumed through the diet and/or supplements as the body cannot produce its own magnesium.

What are the claimed benefits?

  • Improves insulin resistance and blood sugar regulation

  • Decreases blood pressure and regulates heart rhythm

  • Supports nerve function and immune health

  • Improves athletic performance

  • Supports depression symptoms

  • Relieves constipation and migraines

  • It’s anti-inflammatory

What does the science say?

Yes to all of the above and more! Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including regulating insulin, blood sugar, blood pressure, nerve conduction, and muscle contractility. Magnesium also plays a critical role in bone formation, energy production, and the synthesis of DNA and the potent antioxidant glutathione.

The Apeiron Life perspective

Since every single cell in the body requires magnesium, we consider it the almighty but invisible conductor of the symphony of a healthy body. Simply put, it’s a must. We recommend getting your daily magnesium through foods first. Think greens, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Click here for a more detailed food list.

Will a supplement benefit you?

Most likely. While we test your blood magnesium level at Aperion Life to look for electrolyte imbalances, <1% of your total body magnesium is in your blood. This makes it difficult to evaluate how much magnesium is in your bones, soft tissues and inside your cells.

While an outright magnesium deficiency is rare, most Americans (>52%) do not take in enough magnesium. These sub-optimal magnesium intakes could have negative health effects over time.

Additionally, while getting nutrients through whole foods is still your best first-line defense, research is showing that several minerals and nutrients, including magnesium, are declining in crops in recent decades due to certain farming practices.

Curious to try it?

Discuss with your Apeiron Life Client Advocate the right magnesium route for you based on your health history and goals.

If you try it, here’s what to keep an eye on:

In some people and in certain forms, magnesium supplements can lead to nausea, cramping, loose stools or irregular heartbeat. Again, work with your Aperion Life Client Advocate prior to trying any new supplements.

More reading & resources

10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium Rich Foods

National Institutes of Health: Magnesium

Magnesium Deficiency in Plants