The most common cause of these annoying symptoms is a lack of magnesium. Especially during the summer, when we sweat out our minerals, it’s easy to come up short on this critical one.
Magnesium helps your muscles relax after contraction. Without it, your muscles would stay in permanent contraction, which can be painful and hamper athletic performance. Magnesium deficiency can lead to constant cramps, muscle spasms and prolonged muscle soreness.
There are many different forms of magnesium. Choose the one that best meets your needs.
Generally, chelated minerals are bound to (or attached) to amino acids (or proteins) and are best absorbed.
Magnesium Buffered Chelate is the highly absorbable and bioavailable glycinate form that is best for depleting depleted magnesium stores. It does not affect the bowels so you tend toward soft stools, use this one.
Magnesium Malate Chelate is also highly absorbable and bioavailable but does affect the bowels. If you tend towards constipation, this is a good choice for you. It will help rehydrate dry pebbly stools and improve elimination.
Magnesium Oxide is non-chelated and bound to a fatty acid. It also tends to soften the stool. Sometimes it’s difficult to take enough to help the muscles because of this property.
Magnesium Citrate (MagCitrate Powder) is bound to citric acid, which can irritate the brain. In some cases this may cause increased anxiety or insomnia. It can be used as an effective stool softener.
Magnesium L-Threonate (Neuro-Mag) is the newest form of magnesium and penetrates the blood-brain barrier so has been shown effective in reducing anxiety, post concussion stress and ADD/ADHD. It also “feeds” the mitochondria and can boost energy.