Magnesium, of which 85% of Americans are deficient, plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions and is crucial to energy production, protein synthesis, and insulin metabolism.*
- Supports anabolic hormone production*
- Boost exercise performance*
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels*
- Promote heart health*
Between 70 to 85% of the American population is deficient in magnesium, but when you add working out and sweating to the equation, it gets even worse. That's because magnesium tends to leave the body through sweat, and athletes have heightened needs for the mineral.
It's potentially a big deal because magnesium is involved in approximately 300 enzymatic reactions. And being deficient can cause suboptimal protein synthesis, low testosterone production, poor athletic performance, excessive lactic acid build-up, muscle cramping, difficulty losing fat, poor recovery, to name a few.
Are You Magnesium Deficient?
Here are the common complaints:
- Difficulty losing fat
- Poor sleep
- Slow recovery
- Muscle cramps
- Weakness and fatigue
- Eye twitches
At least a couple of studies have shown that testosterone prefers to bind to magnesium rather than steroid hormone binding globulin (SHBG). Binding to magnesium instead of SHBG increases free testosterone, explaining the anabolic effect of magnesium.
Aside from sweating a lot of it out when you exercise, plenty of dietary habits make getting enough magnesium tricky. Carbonated drinks lower magnesium levels. Too much sugar or caffeine causes the body to excrete it. Phytates in grains bind magnesium, so it can't be absorbed.
Keto or Paleo diets, or bad diets in general, don't provide enough of the mineral. Even the best conditions sometimes make it hard to take in enough magnesium – unless you don't mind eating 10 cups of seaweed or 7 bananas.
That's why supplementing magnesium is almost mandatory, but only with the mineral fully "chelated." The process ensures an amino-acid chelate that's small enough to pass through the intestine and transported right into the cell.
Mineral formulations that aren't chelated are problematic because most foods we eat contain chemicals that inhibit absorption.
Chelated minerals, however, can be taken without fear of absorption problems. They're the best way to ingest these essential minerals.
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