Often feel fatigued? Try magnesium
Feeling tired and don’t know why? You’re not alone. According to a recent study, less than half of us consume our recommended daily amount of magnesium, a mineral that helps turn the food we eat into energy.
Best known for helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue, magnesium is also vital for our health. Deficiency can cause mood swings, migraines, eye twitches and muscle cramps. If you have low magnesium levels, you are also less likely to get a good night’s sleep. Magnesium is present in foods such as black beans, bananas and pumpkin seeds, but to get the benefits we need to absorb it into our bodies. One way to ensure we consume a consistent level of magnesium is by taking a daily supplement – but not all supplements are equal. Your body’s ability to absorb the magnesium depends on the way that the supplement is made. ‘Most supplements use magnesium oxide – it is the most common form, as it has a high concentration of magnesium but it’s not easily released into the body,’ explains Dr Miriam Ferrer PhD, head of product development at FutureYou Cambridge. ‘Taking more magnesium to try and make up for the problem isn’t the best approach, as too much can cause an upset stomach so we created Magnesium+ using magnesium lactate which is twice as absorbable as a standard magnesium oxide supplement. This means you need much less per capsule to deliver the same amount, making it a much more efficient way to take this essential mineral.’ Reviews gathered on independent website Trustpilot speak of its effectiveness. ‘It gives your body a magnesium boost without upsetting your digestive system,’ writes Robert. And Nicole, 57, says: ‘I genuinely started to feel different within a couple of weeks. I started to feel much more perky – that’s the best word to describe it. ‘I feel like I’ve got more energy and more desire to do stuff. I’ve taken them religiously ever since.’