Do you know how important magnesium is for energy?
We often talk about magnesium’s role in sleep and soothing muscles, but supporting energy is perhaps its most crucial function.
Magnesium for energy molecules
After you digest your food, some of it gets converted into energy in the form of ATP molecules. These are like little batteries you can “plug in” whenever your body needs fuel. You need ATP to move many nutrients and hormones in and out of your cells, to power enzymes and other chemical processes, to grow, to move muscles, to relax muscles and so much more. Right now you are using ATP molecules just so your brain can read this article.
ATP is a molecule that can store energy and release it on demand. Every molecule of ATP your body produces contains magnesium. Many of the enzymes required to make ATP rely on magnesium too, so you need a great deal of magnesium for energy production.
Magnesium and transport
Magnesium is also one of your electrolytes, which means it helps fluids flow around your body, in and out of every cell. Those fluids carry your nutrients, hormones, waste materials and other substances. This means that magnesium helps transport the nutrients and oxygen your cell needs to make ATP efficiently, as well as the hormones and enzymes that trigger its production.
In fact, you even need magnesium to help transport ATP out of the mitochondria where it’s made, and on to where it’s needed in the body.
Magnesium food sources
Green leafy vegetables and supergreens such as chlorella and wheatgrass are rich in magnesium, as it’s also part of the structure of chlorophyll. You won’t destroy magnesium by cooking kale, spinach, watercress and other leafy greens, but it may leach into the water. So use any leftover water after boiling or steaming your vegetables to make soup, gravy or other sauces.
Wholegrains, pulses, nuts and seeds contain good levels too.
You may also benefit from topping up your magnesium levels with supplements. Some of the more easily absorbed forms are magnesium citrate, malate and bisglycinate. You can even absorb magnesium through the skin, so baths or footbaths with Epsom salts or magnesium chloride flakes can increase your magnesium intake. Plus you can buy sprays and lotions contain magnesium chloride, which absorb well through the skin.