One of the questions we get asked is why more magnesium is needed if we’re stressed? To answer that question, we have to consider how stress works.
Stress has a profound effect on the body. The sympathetic nervous system response drives the body into fight and flight at the expense of all other bodily processes. Calcium shuttles into our muscles for contraction and cortisol streams round our body along with adrenaline. Energy stores become liberated and glucose becomes instantly available for our body to burn.
This is a very energy intensive process and magnesium is the major cofactor for energy production. The very energy currency of the body ATP, must always be complexed with magnesium to be active. It's important to remember that magnesium is the fourth most abundant cation in the body and the second most abundant intracellular cation.
This is why magnesium status is highly associated with stress levels, with both stress and hypomagnesemia potentiating each other’s negative effects. Indeed, hypomagnesemia has been associated with stressful conditions such as photosensitive headaches, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Acute stress has been shown to be associated with increased plasma magnesium levels and increased urinary magnesium excretion.
You can increase your magnesium through various foods such as dark chocolate, leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds (don't forget to soak them too!), brown rice and avocados amongst others.
Want to give your body a bit of extra support? Our magnesium malate with taurine provides exactly 100mg of magnesium per capsule. Don't be fooled by other manufacturers stating 1500mg servings in supplements, they are listing the total weight of the compound (including what the magnesium is chelated too) and not the actual magnesium that is usable.