I subscribe to Ben Greenfield’s newsletter and today I received an email with the subject line “What Magnesium is Best?”. Ben Greenfield talks quite a bit about the benefits of magnesium but I’ve never taken a second to learn why people use it for exercise recovery. According to some articles I read tonight, it seems that magnesium is one of those minerals that can be depleted quite a bit during exercise. However, it is important for your body to have sufficient magnesium to help rebuild after an intense effort. Here is what an article from the Department of Nutrition, Amherst had to say…
Magnesium is an essential element that regulates membrane stability and neuromuscular, cardiovascular, immune, and hormonal functions and is a critical cofactor in many metabolic reactions. The Dietary Reference Intake for magnesium for adults is 310 to 420 mg/day. However, the intake of magnesium in humans is often suboptimal. Magnesium deficiency may lead to changes in gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular function. Physical exercise may deplete magnesium, which, together with a marginal dietary magnesium intake, may impair energy metabolism efficiency and the capacity for physical work
You can listen to the Ben Greenfield podcast here. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet but I think it will be my daily nutrition lesson on the way to work tomorrow. I do know, however, that he is a big fan of the topical ointment for post workout. According to his article here, you can use the ointment immediately after a workout up to several days, until the soreness subsides.
There are always things to help us be better, faster, and recovered quicker. I’m trying not to get on the excessive amounts of supplements bandwagon but sometimes it’s hard. I think I’ll start with my Endurox and go from there…
Happy Trails and Happy Running,