Finding time to wind down and relax can be tricky – especially these days - but it’s vital for good health.
If you find it hard to switch off, that can affect your sleep patterns, which can then affect your mood, make you feel more tired and less able to switch off – all too soon we can get trapped in a negative cycle which can take its toll both mentally and physically.
There are a number of reasons why many of us find relaxation hard to come by but did you know that one factor could be a shortage of a key nutrient: magnesium.
Magnesium is one of your body’s key workhorses.
This versatile mineral is involved in more than 600 different processes in the body
Amongst other things, magnesium is crucial for:
- Healthy muscle function
Healthy teeth and bones
Energy production and metabolism
Psychological and nervous function
How does magnesium help relaxation?
Magnesium is thought to support healthy brain functions thanks to its ability to both bind to and stimulate receptors of the 'anti-anxiety' neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
Other factors can contribute to a magnesium deficiency including stress, age, dieting, poor digestion, various medications and high levels of alcohol and caffeine.
If you are low in magnesium, you’re not the only one – according to the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey, magnesium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in the country with as much as a quarter of adults not getting recommended levels for optimum health.
There is quite a wide range of magnesium supplements, which can make choosing one a little confusing.
Bio-Magnesium from Pharma Nord is a careful blend of three forms: magnesium hydroxide, which is readily absorbed, and magnesium acetate and magnesium carbonate, which are both gentle on the stomach.
You can buy Bio-Magnesium in boxes of 60 tablets or 150 tablets with prices starting at just £6.95.