The element Magnesium, is a crucial component in detoxification and plays a role in up to 300 cellular processes such as:
- co-enzyme required for protein digestion and energy production. • It helps maintain the integrity of muscles, nerves and bones.
- It is essential in energy metabolism within the mitochondria.
- It relaxes both muscles and the vessel walls.
- It plays an important role in regulating blood sugar levels.
- Assists in the process of insulin binding.
- Too much insulin results in magnesium loss and low magnesium results in poor insulin response.
Magnesium Citrate or Glycinate
Magnesium is important for the transport of insulin into cell membranes.
It alters both insulin secretion and action.
Look on the label for the dosage of bio available magnesium. 1000mg magnesium may only offer 200mg bio-available magnesium.
Dose: Start with 400 mg per day. With meals
Certain forms of magnesium may give you a loose stool. Generally magnesium Glycinate is better in these cases.
You may take magnesium at night or take your dosage in 2 divided doses. Night time magnesium may help you sleep. It is also beneficial to take magnesium transdermally using a cup of Epsom salts in your detox bath. This is very relaxing and will help de-stress but will not quite replace the required dosage.
Common Signs and symptoms of deficiency.
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle weakness
- Poor glucose Management
- High Blood Pressure
Sources of Magnesium:
Theseincludetofu, Brownrice, broccoli, Green leafy vegetables, legumes, shredded wheat, pistachio nuts, spinach, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, black strap molasses, potatoes, squash seeds, soybean flour, wheat bran, pumpkin, beet greens, cocoa powers, bananas, oat flour, chocolate.
Chromium assists insulin to ‘dock’ onto the cells, which in turn, allows the glucose to enter the cells. Without chromium, glucose cannot metabolize properly.
Excess insulin results in increased excretion of chromium.
Signs and Symptoms of Deficiency.
Poor Glucose Management Diabetes or pre-diabetes Metabolic Syndrome Depression or anxiety.
Sources of Chromium
Broccoli, Romaine Lettuce, Lentils, Onions, Meat, Tomatoes, Nuts and Cheese
Dose: Usually comes as 200 mcg capsule. To assist in insulin efficacy, you’ll need a total of 800 mcg per day