4 Ways Magnesium Can Alleviate Menopause Symptoms
The menopause is something every woman will experience, but each woman’s personal journey with menopause symptoms may be different.
In the UK, the average age for reaching the menopause is 51, while the perimenopause often begins in the mid-forties.
Symptoms can vary drastically in frequency and severity, which can be frustrating in terms of their ‘rollercoaster’ impact it can have on your day-to-day routine.
Magnesium deficiency has been linked to many common menopause symptoms such as low mood, fatigued muscles and trouble sleeping. Magnesium is therefore an essential mineral to bear in mind when you’re looking to help manage your menopause and perimenopause symptoms.
Here we take a look at just 4 ways Magnesium could help.
1. Reduce stress and low mood
The menopause can be a stressful time but you can help to alleviate those feelings of stress with magnesium. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is usually managed by your progesterone levels but these levels can drop during the menopause. Similarly, the reduction of both oestrogen and progesterone in your body can also affect your serotonin levels, which is the happy hormone.
Making sure you replenish your magnesium levels is one way to decrease cortisol, which can be particularly beneficial during the later stages of the menopause. Studies have shown that magnesium supplementation can naturally lower levels of stress.
2. Support better sleep
Insomnia can be a common symptom during the menopause. This is because your melatonin levels have started to drop, so your body isn’t able to regulate its sleep-wake cycle as effectively as before. Having poor sleep can really impact your day-to-day life, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Magnesium can help to support a huge number of processes in the body, including supporting the pineal gland which maintains and regulates melatonin. In turn, this means magnesium can play a vital role in helping to support a better night’s sleep.
3. Improve bone density
There are many surprising effects of the menopause, including the decline in bone density. This can happen due to the reduced levels of oestrogen, which could put you at a higher risk of osteoporosis.
Calcium is most effective for helping your body to maintain healthy bone density, but it’s also important that calcium is deposited correctly into the bones and not the soft tissue. Magnesium can play a role in stimulating calcitonin, which is a hormone to help deposit calcium in the right places.
4. Relieve aching muscles
In some cases the menopause can affect joints and muscles, leading to pain, aches and stiffness. This can be frustrating and might cause you some discomfort, but you help can combat it by having a warm bath with added magnesium.
Our Magnesium Flakes can be added easily to a warm bath once or twice a week, helping you to experience the benefits we’ve talked about in this blog. Help replenish your magnesium levels while you relax and unwind.
*Please note: The symptoms in this article are associated with normal menopause and perimenopause but if you become worried or are finding your symptoms troublesome then don’t hesitate to see your doctor.