If you attended one of our Nutrition seminars or read Marcus’s “Enter Sandman” post on tips for getting to sleep, you may have heard about the benefits of taking magnesium to help wind down for the evening and improve sleep quality. However, the benefits of magnesium go way beyond just improving your shut eye. Ask knowledgeable strength coaches around the country or do a little research and you’ll find that magnesium is typically one of the top five supplements recommended for athletes (a quick aside: fish oil, protein powder, and vitamin D also make the list). Research has estimated that upwards of 85% of Americans are deficient in magnesium, and those who lead an active lifestyle may be in even greater need. Magnesium deficiency is so rampant in large part due to factors such as poor dietary habits, depleted soil, and fluoridated or filtered water.
Here are a quick summary of why you should seriously consider taking a magnesium supplement:
Not all magnesium supplements are created equal however. According to CrossFit Invictus post “Top 7 Supplements for Athletes” by Michele Vieux, look for magnesium “supplements based on amino acid chelates, such as Mg glycinate and Mg malate are much better tolerated by the digestive system and much more absorbable by the body the other (cheap) forms of magnesium such as Mg oxide or Mg carbonate. This is best taken post-workout on an empty stomach. Sedentary individuals need 600 mg a day and larger athletes in heavy training mode could do up to 2,000 mg a day.” Take too much of a cheaper version of magnesium and run the risk of experiencing unpleasant laxative side effects…yikes.
We just stocked the Intrepid Store with Pure Pharma Mineral capsules which contain high concentrations of amino acid chelate based magnesium as well as zinc to complement the benefits mentioned above and more. We also carry Pure Pharma Fish Oil and Vitamin D capsules, so check out the Intrepid Store next time you’re in!
Back Squat 3×5/Wendler
5 Rounds for Time:
1 Rep of Bear (185/123)
10 Chest to Bar Pullups
5 Rounds for Time:
6 Unbroken Thrusters (95/65)