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5 Reasons Why Magnesium Is Good For Sleep



August 13th, 2019








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Have you ever wondered whether certain minerals or supplements are good for sleep?

With the busy and hectic schedules many people live nowadays, it's not uncommon to develop sleep disorders. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night has many benefits including increased productivity and concentration throughout the day, improved overall health, maximized mental well-being, and decreased risk for depression and strokes.

Over the years, researchers have discovered the important role Magnesium plays in regulating sleep and for overall health. As one of the 24 essential minerals in the human body, insufficient levels of Magnesium can offset critical bodily functions and significantly increase the risk for certain diseases.

In the following article, we will take a closer look at the 5 main reasons why Magnesium is good for sleep, which specific types of Magnesium are best for sleep, and introduce Novotech Nutraceuticals' NovoMin® Magnesium products.






What is Magnesium?




To begin, we have to first understand what Magnesium is and why it is an important mineral. Since the human body needs Magnesium in large quantities but cannot produce it on its own, we must acquire it from Magnesium rich foods, which include dark leafy vegetables, nuts, dairy, meat and coffee.

Magnesium, which has a molecular weight of 24.31g/mol, is required for many body functions such as acting as a cofactor for many enzyme functions, playing a key role in energy production, regulating blood pressure and controlling hormones.



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5 Reasons Why Magnesium Is Good For Sleep







  1. Maintains Healthy Levels of GABA


  2. GABA, which stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid, is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system that acts to reduce the activity of the neurons to which it binds and helps the body calm down during stressful situations. Thus, GABA can make a person feel happier and less overwhelmed. In addition to combatting against stress, GABA can help promote peaceful and anxiety-free sleep.





  3. May Help Reduce Restless-Leg Syndrome


  4. Restless-leg syndrome is a condition that causes an increased urge to move your legs, and is accompanied by an uncomfortable sensation and some pain. Restless leg syndrome can keep many awake late at night, resulting in poor sleep. Magnesium may help reduce restless leg syndrome since it may prevent muscle contractions and rapid nerve impulses. Thus, reduced symptoms of restless-leg syndrome equal more undisturbed and peaceful sleep.





  5. May Play a Role in Relaxing Muscles


  6. Magnesium may help relax muscles because of its calcium-blocking activities. Calcium activates the nerves and when in high concentrations, can trigger muscle contractions and tension. Magnesium, on the contrary, can prevent Calcium from activating the nerves, and thus relaxes the muscles.





  7. Regulates Hormones


  8. A rush of hormones into the circulatory system can induce physiological stress responses, resulting in increased anxiety and sleeping problems. Low magnesium levels result in increased stress hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol. These stress hormones, in turn, can suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure, contribute to acne and more. By keeping the hormones in check, Magnesium can prevent high production of stress hormones from entering the body and allowing better sleep.





  9. May Lower Blood Pressure


  10. Insomnia or difficulty falling asleep can increase blood pressure. When going to sleep, our blood pressure should decrease because we are in a rest state; however, individuals with sleep apnea do not get enough oxygen in their bodies. As a result, their bodies have to pump harder to circulate oyxgen throughout the body. Magnesium is a powerful nutrient that seems to counteract high blood pressure. Various studies have proven a reduction in high blood pressure once Magnesium supplements are taken consistently.






How to Increase Absorption of Dietary Magnesium





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One way to increase absorption of dietary magnesium is to eat food that enhances magnesium absorption, while balancing the intake of other vitamins and minerals.



Foods that may help promote magnesium absorption include:







An alternate strategy to increase the absorption of dietary magnesium, besides eating a balanced diet, is to choose chelated magnesium products.

Novotech Nutraceuticals' NovoMin® Magnesium Chelated Minerals are created through chelation, a phenomenon related to the specific form of chemical bonding between a molecule of Magnesium and an organic molecule, such as an amino acid, to make more than one chemical bond. The body can readily absorb organic molecules, whereas it has difficulty absorbing Magnesium by itself because it is an inorganic molecule. Thus, by chelating magnesium with amino acids, absorption across the intestinal wall will increase.

Magnesium that is not chelated with organic molecules will not absorb well in the body, and dissociate more readily, leaving the Magnesium exposed and in a less stable state. When the Magnesium is exposed, it is more likely to bind with other molecules, forming new compounds, and prevent it from getting properly absorbed. As a result, the Magnesium will be wasted and excreted out of the body.

In addition, chelated magnesium is less likely to have undesired gastrointestinal side effects and is more gentle on the stomach when ingested.



Last but not least, here is a short list of how to minimize magnesium loss in order to increase absorption and retention:







What are the Best Chelated Magnesium Products for Sleep?







The three chelated magnesium products listed below are suggested to be the top types of magnesium for better sleep.





What are the Symptoms of Low Magnesium in the Body?




If you constantly feel tired, experience muscle spasms, or notice your eyes twitching, there is a chance your body is suffering from magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency can cause serious illness because too many processes in the body depend on Magnesium to function. Some physical signs and conditions of magnesium deficiency to keep an eye out for include:




People who may be at risk for magnesium deficiency most likely do not consume enough leafy greens. If you suspect you are low in magnesium, one of the best ways to consume this mineral is to supplement with easily absorbed chelated minerals.










What is NovoMin® Chelated Magnesium Powder?



Novotech Nutraceuticals' Novomin® Chelated Magnesium powders are manufactured to the highest standards to meet the growing need for magnesium supplementation worldwide. Our mission is to improve human health by providing high quality functional products that meet strict specifications from beginning to end. Our line of chelated magnesium powders will meet any functional health need for your next project. These include:









Not only are they all vegan, non-GMO and allergen free, but they are also excipient-free and contain zero calories. Novomin® Magnesium Chelated Minerals are the ultimate choice for mineral fortification in foods, nutritional supplements, beverages and many other food applications. Contact us at sales@novotechnutra.com or 805-676-1098 to learn more!





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