Magnesium for Energy: How “the Sleep Mineral” Fights Fatigue

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It’s a little-known fact that magnesium — considered the sleep mineral and the anti-stress mineral — is actually essential in fighting fatigue. That’s right: we need magnesium for energy production.

“One of the most amazing effects of magnesium on the neuromuscular system is that it provides more energy, even though the mineral generally acts as a relaxant and not a stimulant.” (Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Magnesium Miracle, p. 71)

How does it magnesium do this? Read on to discover the science.

Magnesium: Not Just for Better Sleep

Magnesium for sleep and energy

You might assume that magnesium is an energizing mineral because it helps us to get a deeper, more restorative sleep. That is certainly true. 

Without enough magnesium, we can experience insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and spend longer trying to fall asleep, all of which drains our energy during the day.

So while, yes, better sleep does translate into more energy, magnesium actually does much more. It works to facilitate energy at a cellular level.  That’s right, magnesium enables your very cells to produce the energy you need even to draw a breath.

The Science Behind How Magnesium Creates Energy in the Cells

Magnesium for ATP energy production

Curious how magnesium produces more energy? It all goes down in the ATP.

“ATP, created in mitochondria, is the main source of energy in our cells, and it must be bound to a magnesium ion (MgATP) in order to be biologically active. This is likely the most important function of magnesium, because ATP is made in each of the 100 trillion cells in our body.” (The Magnesium Miracle, Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Kindle version page 123)

Cells draw on energy packets called ATP (adenoside triphosphate). The ATP required at the cellular level for physical activity depends on enzymes called ATPases.

During strenuous activity, these magnesium-dependent enzymatic processes rely heavily on an extraordinarily fast-paced rate of ATP turnover. This is only possible when sufficient magnesium levels are present in the body. In fact, ATP must be bound to magnesium in order to be biologically available to the muscle.

Sometimes described as the furnace of the cells, the energy-producing ATP needs magnesium to do the job it needs to do well. Without sufficient magnesium, energy production declines, energy levels fall and you feel fatigued.

Get More Magnesium to Fight Fatigue

Magnesium for fatigue

Many of us live through daily cycles of fatigue and tense excitability. Our periods of ‘energy’ are fuelled by caffeine, or by our own stress-induced ‘fight or flight’ response.

True, healthy energy is something different. It’s calm, relaxed and consistent. Healthy energy is there when you need it.

Sound unfamiliar? You may be suffering from fatigue. Dr. Dean explains that fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency (Kindle version page 258).

According to WebMD, “When levels are even a little low, your energy can drop.”

When you’re fatigued, you may not immediately realize you need magnesium. Instead, you might skip high-energy activities, like workouts, and feel even more lethargic. Or, you might try to get through the day with stimulants like caffeine, which only deplete magnesium levels, so you crash later. (And quite possibly experience insomnia!)

For steady, reliable energy, you need to get your magnesium back in balance. The good news is, Natural Calm has helped millions address symptoms of magnesium-deficiency, including fatigue.

Studies Show Magnesium Boosts Energy and Exercise Performance

magnesium for energy

In a very tightly controlled, three-month study in the U.S., the effects of magnesium depletion on exercise performance in 10 women was observed.

In months 1 and 3, the women received a magnesium-deficient diet of 112mgs per day, and a magnesium supplement of 200mgs per day to reach the Recommended Dietary Allowance per day. In month 2, the supplement was withdrawn to intentionally result in a magnesium-deficient diet.

At the end of each month, the women were asked to cycle at increasing intensity until they reached 80% of their maximum heart rate, at which time they were subjected to a battery of tests.

The results clearly established that when magnesium was deficient, metabolic efficiency was reduced as both heart rate and oxygen intake increased, in essence making the body work much harder to perform the same task. (Source:  J Nutr 132:930-935, 2002)

And according to Dr. Dean, “Some of the first studies showing the relationship between magnesium and physical exercise were done on animals and found that decreased exercise capacity can be an early sign of magnesium deficiency.

When the animals were given magnesium dissolved in water, their endurance was restored. Most human studies also confirm that both brief and extended exercise depletes magnesium.” (The Magnesium Miracle, p. 70)

Need More Magnesium for Energy? Get Natural Calm

Natural Calm magnesium for energy

If you realize that a lack of magnesium may be draining your energy, it’s easy to boost your magnesium levels. Natural Calm is a great-tasting, highly-absorbable magnesium citrate drink available in delicious, organic fruit flavours. And it’s sugar-free, sweetened with stevia!

Natural Calm is the winner of multiple natural health product awards because it works so effectively, and so quickly.

Get your energy back with the better magnesium!

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