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This March we are talking about the marvellous mineral magnesium! 

In my 10 years at Inside Out Health, if there was one product that we have had consistently good feedback on it is magnesium. 

It is not surprising when you know that Magnesium works in over 300 ways in the body and that 80% of us may be deficient in this mineral. 

Magnesium is known as nature’s natural tranquilizer. It is a muscle relaxant. We have had great feedback from customers using it for a range of health issues – firstly all the m’s!

  • Migraines
  • Muscle cramps
  • Monthly cycle symptoms
  • Menopause

Plus, Magnesium is key for

  • Sleep and anxiety
  • Regular bowel movement

Magnesium also plays a key role in heart health generally that we have just focused on in February and part of heart health includes blood pressure.

Different forms of magnesium

Magnesium is a large molecule so it is difficult to get a therapeutic amount in one capsule, so you might need to take two or three. It is also important to take it in a form that the body can use. Magnesium as a citrate or bisglycinate are forms we find are better absorbed, and our customer find these more effective.

We often suggest taking magnesium at night as it is an aid to relaxation, which can help with a good night’s sleep. As it is a relaxant it can also then aid a regular bowel movement the following morning.

Team Choice

Our number one team choice is Terranova's 100mg in capsule form. Favoured by Alison as the most well absorbed form in our range, it is also Abbie's choice to support hormone balancing, anxiety, stress and sleep.
Claire recommends this product too for those with tight muscles, general tension and restful sleep.

BioCare's Magnesium Phospholipid Complex is Kate's choice as a good "two in one" - magnesium citrate plus the fats for post menopause keeping the brain sharp.

Lucia finds Solgar's Magnesium Citrate tablets the most reliable when helping to support with sleep. "I take 2 tablets half an hour before I go to bed. they help me fall asleep easily and stay asleep for a few hours. Without them, I wake up quite quickly and find it difficult to drop off again".

Joanna also recommends Viridian's Magnesium 300mg capsules. With these being higher potency, one capsules can work just as well as other brands where you need to take 2-3 capsules.

If constipation is concern, Alison also recommends BioCare's Magnesium Citrate which is available in capsule or powder form.

Personal experience

I don’t generally talk in these articles about my personal experiences but feel very strongly about the benefits of magnesium. Therefore I want to back this up with my personal experience.  I have taken magnesium over the last six years. As I went through the menopause, anxiety and headaches became symptoms I experienced. I believe by correcting my magnesium levels alongside a healthy diet, this enabled me to manage my symptoms and come out the other side relatively unscathed! I have shared this experience with many customers and it can be very reassuring when you have anxiety and/or regular headaches, to know that it may be caused by a nutrient deficiency and there is something you can potentially do about it. 

I have been so happy to have returning customers give us their feedback on how their symptoms have diminished after taking magnesium, so much so it has become a fundamental supplement for me and many of our customers.

As ever we would always check to make sure that if you are on medication, there are no contraindications. For example magnesium can help to lower blood pressure but if you are already on blood pressure medication, then it may not be suitable to take. Adding magnesium as a supplement will have a similar action to the medication and potentially additionally lower blood pressure.