Monday, 7 August 2017

The Surprising Impact Of Taking Magnesium Glycinate (Review)

A number of people suggested I try taking magnesium to help prevent my migraines, I was dubious, but I tried a magnesium spray and found I didn’t notice any difference from using it. I was offered a review of Magnesium Glycinate tablets by Nutri Advanced so I thought I would see if they worked any better for me. I have been taking the tablets for a month and I’ve noticed a difference, but not the one I expected.

A white tub of Magnesium Glycinate on a black background with white tablets spilling out

Impact of Magnesium Glycinate on my Migraines

I know that my migraines are linked to my monthly cycle and I had a migraine on schedule a few days after starting the tablets. It lasted the normal 48 hours and then went. Four weeks later when my migraine was due I woke up with a mild migraine. I took painkillers and went back to bed for a few hours, but we were on holiday so I had to drag myself out and sit in a busy swimming pool with the girls. I wasn’t in pain, but I had the groggy confused head which comes with my migraines. After a bit of lunch my head cleared and the migraine went. So instead of my normal 48 hours of a migraine, I had about 12. I will need to keep taking the tablets to see what happens next month, but that change alone is huge.

Feeling Exhausted and Magnesium Glycinate

Even if the Magnesium Glycinate tablets don’t have an ongoing affect on my migraines I will keep on taking them because I have noticed another difference in how I feel over the last month: I am much less tired. I don’t currently drink caffeine and I rarely get enough sleep so I am pretty much always exhausted. I was a often tired even before I had children and needed more sleep than my family and friends to function well so I can't blame being a mum. 

I normally go to bed by 10pm. On the days my eldest is here she might not go to sleep much before me which means I get very little time to blog, spend time on my own or be with my partner. On the days M is at her Dad’s house I might get a luxury of two hours free time. 7 hours a week isn’t a lot of time. 

Since I have started taking the tablets I have found I feel less tired. I tend to stay up an hour or so later and I am less likely to want to nap during the day. On days I have forgotten to take the tablets I feel more tired, so I take them and later that day I find more energy again. This change has been a big surprise to me, could the reason I always needed so much sleep have been due to a magnesium deficiency?

Magnesium Deficiency 

According to Nutri Advanced: Magnesium is involved in over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body, particularly those processes involved in energy production and it is also required for proper functioning of nerves and muscles. It is thought that it may increase energy levels and reduce tiredness. Low magnesium levels may also be associated with irritability or confusion. I found this article interesting on magnesium deficiency.

The NHS website says that Magnesium helps “turn the food we eat into energy” and makes “sure the parathyroid glands, which produce hormones important for bone health, work normally”. It also says that most people should get the magnesium they need form their diet. Magnesium is found in “green leafy vegetables - such as spinach, nuts, brown rice, bread (especially wholegrain), fish, meat and dairy foods”. I completely agree that our diet should be able to give us all the vitamins and minerals we need (with the possible exception of Vitamin D), but what if it doesn’t? Many of us struggle to have the balanced diet we should be eating and taking supplements is a good way to ensure our bodies (and mind) don’t suffer.

The form of vitamins and minerals you consume makes a difference to their effectiveness too. The tablets from Nutri Advanced are designed to be well absorbed. Magnesium Glycerinate is gentle on the digestive system while other forms of magnesium can have cause diarrhoea at higher doses. The magnesium molecules are bound to glycine which is meant to have a calming effect too.

Over the last month I have been in less pain, had more energy and needed less sleep and the only change I can identify is taking this supplement. I’m surprised and impressed that this is simply due to taking a higher dose of Magnesium in the form of Magnesium Glycinate.

***Disclosure: I was asked to trial Magnesium Glycinate for 3 weeks by Nutri Advanced to review the tablets. All thoughts are my own apart from where otherwise stated.***

Caution: If pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any kind of medication or you have a medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner before using this product.

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