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The Health Benefits of Zinc and Magnesium

The Health Benefits of Zinc and Magnesium

The benefits of zinc and magnesium

Zinc & Magnesium is a perfect combination of the two trace minerals; zinc methionine and magnesium citratzinc. They boast a wide range of benefits including:

  • Reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Supports energy yielding metabolism
  • Healthy function of the nervous system
  • Contributes to normal fertility and reproduction
  • Maintenance of normal bones

Why supplement with zinc and magnesium?

The Western diet is high in carbohydrates and grains, which aren’t great sources of zinc or magnesium. Plus, if you’re someone who does a lot of exercise and sweats on a daily basis, it’s likely that you’re lacking either zinc or magnesium, or both.

Leafy greens and vegetables are good sources of zinc, as are meats, but if you don’t get enough of either, supplementation is important.

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The health benefits of zinc

Zinc isn’t just incredibly useful on its own, it’s involved in the regulation and reactions of processes and enzymes throughout your body. Without it, you simply don’t work properly.

Enzyme and hormone regulation – enzymes and hormones need a little help being made, and then doing what they need to, to keep you healthy. You can think of zinc like a key, unlocking the reactions going on inside. Without zinc, those enzymes and hormones, responsible for everything from energy to fertility, fall short.

Feeling frisky? Zinc plays an important role in fertility. A healthy reproductive system relies on this essential mineral, so make sure you’re getting it.

Taking care of your immune system – just like its role in enzyme and hormone regulation, zinc is a key player in a normally functioning immune system, and without it, you could have more sick days. Good for catching up on Netflix, not so good for your career.

Health benefits of magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is the second most common deficiency in developed countries, right behind vitamin D. It’s an essential mineral with profound effects on blood pressure and insulin regulation.

Reduce blood pressure – High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions. Keeping your blood pressure regulated involves regular exercise, a healthy diet and supplementation with magnesium (if you are lacking.)

Improve your mental health – Magnesium has also been linked to easing the symptoms of depression. Better mental focus and clarity may be another benefit of supplementing with magnesium.

Magnesium supplementation has also been linked to improvements in ADHD symptoms.

For those of you who do regular exercise, magnesium is also vital for keeping your muscles healthy and firing as they should. Energy metabolism – how efficiently you use energy from your food – also relies on adequate levels of magnesium.

 

How to take zinc and magnesium

Best taken with food, we recommend taking 1-2 capsules of myvitamins Zinc and Magnesium a day.

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‘A guide to zinc’ http://examine.com/supplements/Zinc/

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‘A guide to magnesium’ http://examine.com/supplements/Magnesium/

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‘ADHD supplements’ http://www.brainchildnutritionals.com/adhd/



Sean Brassill

Sean Brassill

Writer and expert

I have always been a big advocator of a healthy, active lifestyle. Despite this I have previously struggled with my weight management due to an overzealous love of food and poor understanding of nutrition. In the last 5 years however, through sports and the industry I work in, I have developed a much better understanding of how nutrition and supplements can influence the mind and body. Now I am much happier with my weight and currently in the process of training to compete in my 1st triathlon. I use supplements for many purposes ranging from enabling me perform at my best at the office to reducing some of the unwanted symptoms from the knee reconstruction surgery I underwent 2 years ago!