Magnesium For Pain Relief

Magnesium – our long forgotten friend

Modern day person tends to rely a lot on the modern medicine. Painkillers are in every house, some carry them in the bags and drugstores to replenish supplies are never too far. Therefor it’s easy to forget some of the most common knowledge that has been passed on for centuries. One of those forgotten facts is that it’s great option to use magnesium for pain relief. It might not have as fast effect as some common painkillers but in the long term it will be healthier for your body. As magnesium takes part from more than 300 metabolic processes it’s essential that you have enough of it in your body. It’s also possible to prevent some pain with taking some extra magnesium. There’s no need to worry that you can overdose from magnesium and harm your body. If your body feels that there’s too much magnesium you will experience some diarrhea to get rid of extra.

It’s nearly impossible to determine how much magnesium you have in your body by a simple blood test. Less than 1% of the magnesium in your body will be in the blood. Thus every person is responsible for their own health at least when it comes to magnesium. First signs that you might have too little magnesium in your body are cramps, insensitive limbs and tingling feeling either on your arms or on your legs. Magnesium for pain relief can be great help in the following (but not limited to) examples:

· Muscle cramps – foot cramps are especially common but it’s not rare to have cramps under your soles or around your eyes if you have too little magnesium in your body.

· Back pain and neck pain – magnesium can even help with acute pain in neck or in back. Lack of magnesium can also be the primary source for the pain. So first thing to try when you’re experiencing unexplained pain in neck or in back is to take some extra magnesium for pain relief.

· Depression – depression can cause a lot of pain. Not always physical but also psychological. Here it’s really important to combine magnesium with vitamin D3. Depression can affect easily those people who live in the places where there are dark autumn and winter periods and lack of sun.

· Heart attack – having enough magnesium can help to prevent having heart attack since lack of magnesium eases the blood clot formation. When a person has too little magnesium blood clots form more easily and if it happens in hearth, the result is heart attack. If it happens in brain, the result is stroke.

· Migraine – migraine headache is something that affects daily life of thousands of people. It can be very disturbing that you can’t go on with your routines because every louder noise or brighter light will make you head hurt in an unimaginable way. It has been proven through several researches that usually the level of magnesium is lower in the blood of those people who suffer from migraine. Therefore it’s a great idea to use water-soluble magnesium (500 to 600mg) as soon as a person feels that migraine might be starting soon. Extra magnesium can either prevent the migraine altogether or be relieve in the early stadiums of pain caused by migraine. Beside migraine pains magnesium for pain relief can also relieve tension headache.

· Pain during training – when you feel pain in your muscles as you’re exercising the reason can be as simple as lack of magnesium. Although one way to relive the pain is to keep exercising so your muscle cells will adapt, the other option is to use magnesium for pain relief while working towards your exercise goals.

· Sleep disorders – magnesium is good and cheap sleeping aid with not bad side effects.

· Teeth problem – since magnesium is essential part of the structure of the teeth it can also help to keep your mouth hygiene excellent. Bad teeth will start to hurt and cause problems sooner or later.

· Pregnancy – women in the blessed state of pregnancy can soon discover that they have unpleasant foot cramps. It can even disturb the sleep of a pregnant woman as foot cramps tend to occur mostly during the nights and increase on the last trimester of pregnancy. After increasing the intake of magnesium and waiting for it to work it can also relieve the pain to massage the feet from bottom to top or bending and stretching the toes.

It’s easy to have too little magnesium in our organism. People don’t tend to eat foods that have a lot of magnesium in them (for example spinach, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds) but tend to exaggerate with processed food and with alcohol that can lower the level of magnesium in our body. If seed are for some reason contraindicated, other options are to eat milk products, cheese, seedling, nuts, whole grain products and different salads. It’s also possible to use magnesium oil to rub on your skin where it can be absorbed into body or to add some magnesium to your bath water. Adding magnesium externally is a great choice for those who have digestive problems or too strong or too lean gastric acid. 

There are some groups of people that should be extra cautious about the level of magnesium in their body. Those groups are: pregnant women, chronic alcoholics, people who eat too much sweet, people who throw up a lot, people who tend to be on a diet all the time and people who suffer from liver cirrhosis, atherosclerosis or kidney diseases.

Your body needs magnesium to build strong bones, regulate blood circulation and the work of hearth, to release energy for the functioning of nerves and muscles, to activate amino acids and affect the metabolism of carbohydrates.

As magnesium works best with vitamin D3, it’s also important to make sure your organism has enough of it. Easiest way to get vitamin D3 is to stay out and enjoy the sun. When it’s not possible, modern medicine can help. When it comes to diet it’s good to consume fish, butter, egg yolk, liver or milk.

It’s easy to see that magnesium and pain in our body are highly related. Either through preventing any pain happening at all or reliving the pain that is already bothering us. As always, it’s a lot easier to prevent lack of magnesium by eating healthy and making healthy life choices than trying to fix it later.

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