By Lindsay Chandler, PCOS Food Advocate
Did you know that most women struggling with PCOS are found to be defficient in magnesium? Magnesium has been found to play a role in blood pressure, insulin and glucose regulation. Having such low levels of magnesium also increases your risk for having type 2 diabetes. These are huge struggles for women dealing with PCOS.
Magnesium is a feel good mineral. It is used as an electrolyte to relax your muscles and reenergize your “battery”. Magnesium deficiency can cause some of our everyday symptoms. Here are a few signs you may be struggling from magnesium deficiency:
– frequent headaches
– muscle cramps
– anxiety and depression
– PMS and hormonal cramping
– low energy
You might want to know some of the best places to find magnesium is right inside your fridge or pantry. There are many foods that are loaded with magnesium and perfect for women with PCOS. You can find great sources of magnesium in dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, avocados, beans, cacao powder and bone broth stock. If you struggle with a magnesium deficiency food sources may not be enough to replenish your needs. A magnesium supplement is an easy way to increase your magnesium intake even when eating magnesium rich foods. Magnesium Chelate and Magnesium Glycinate are two forms of magnesium that can be easily absorbed by the body and an awesome option when treating a deficiency.
There can be many causes of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficient soil is nourishing our crops and animals leaving them magnesium deficient as well. If you struggle with a leaky gut – you are more susceptible to magnesium deficiency. Magnesium in absorbed inside the small intestine and struggling with a leaky gut many nutrients and minerals do not get absorbed as efficiently. Women with PCOS who struggle with insulin resistance also have a more difficult time with the absorption of magnesium. By adjusting your diet and lowering glucose levels in the kidneys your body can absorb magnesium much more easily.
Magnesium is a vital mineral in the body. Simply swapping out some foods for organic non-GMO magnesium rich foods can help improve some of your everyday symptoms. The addition of a magnesium supplement can also aide in reducing magnesium deficiency. Knowing that women who struggle with PCOS are more likely to be deficient in magnesium is the first step in seeing if additional magnesium will help you feel fantastic!
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