Benefits of Magnesium and Fish Oil

 In General, Nutrition


-We recommend using Natural Calm

-Magnesium is the best supplement for fixing sleep related issues that many people in todays society face. This is because Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system and improves sleep by decreasing the levels of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that causes the accumulation of fat near the lower abdominals. Magnesium also plays an important role with calcium.

-Calcium helps muscles contract and magnesium helps muscles relax. Without adequate magnesium we experience nighttime cramps that can often painfully wake us up. Supplementing with magnesium can help to alleviate these cramping issues. We are generally deficient, because magnesium is most commonly found in nuts and seeds and we just can’t eat enough to get the required amount of magnesium we need from these foods. Other issues associated with magnesium are issues with headaches, sleep, cramps and inflammatory related or autoimmune diseases.

-Our recommendation for supplementation with magnesium is to start by taking 0.5g and up it 0.5g each week until you are at week two. The reason we do this is, because it is a diuretic and we want you moving and not confined to a toilet.

-In this study rats that were magnesium deficient showed elevations in arterial blood pressure.

-This study showed that a deficiency in magnesium was accompanied with a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

-This study shows a deficiency in magnesium is a risk factor for osteoporosis.

Fish Oil

-Fish Oil is derived from the tissues of oily fish and is comprised of both EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The other form from nuts, seeds and oils is ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and is less ideal as ALA is unusable and must be converted to EPA/DHA in order to be in a usable form for our bodies. EPA and DHA have been shown in numerous studies to lower triglycerides, heart attacks, lower build up of arterial plaques, reduce inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and lower blood pressure.

-We like Original Nutritionals Functional Omega and Stronger Faster Healthier Fish Oil. Though if you’re on a budget any brand will do! If you have been following a paleo diet for 30 days or more and feel pretty good then we recommend taking ~2g a day. If you are experiencing inflammatory related issues and are just starting a paleo diet then we recommend taking ~4g a day for the first 30 days.

-This study shows that fish oil can have benefits in reducing inflammation on young people and that fish oil can be helpful in decreasing triglycerides and improving HDL-c ratio.

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