What is Magnesium? Magnesium is an essential dietary mineral that is crucial for the healthy functioning of the human body. It is the forth most abundantly found mineral in humans. Unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is relatively wide-spread, with an estimated 80% of adults being deficient in the mineral. What does Magnesium do? Magnesium is one of the most important mineral’s in the human body and is responsible for aiding in the process of hundreds of biochemical reactions across your entire body. Every cell in your body contains magnesium and needs the magnesium in order to function properly. One of magnesium's main roles is acting as a cofactor or “helper molecule” in the biochemical reactions continuously performed by enzymes. This includes functions such as helping to ‘create energy’ in your body by activating ATP, promoting relaxation by boosting GABA functions in the brain, and relaxing your muscles, helping to alleviate stress. Studies have shown that daily supplementation with magnesium have lead to across the board increases in serum testosterone levels for men. What are the benefits of Magnesium? Improves bio-chemical reactions throughout the entire body Increases energy Helps you fall asleep and fight insomnia Boosts testosterone levels Helps create and repair DNA & RNA Contains Anti-inflammatory benefits Reduces stress & anxiety Boosts exercise performance How to use Magnesium? Magnesium can be supplemented with a variety of different magnesium supplements, but typically the standard dose for magnesium supplementation is 200-400 mg. The different types of magnesium supplements out there are things such as: Magnesium Chelate, Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Glycinate, Magnesium Orotate, Magnesium Chloride Oil. Not to mention topical ointments that contain magnesium and have shown to have a high bioavailability for the body to consume and process. Each type comes with its own variety of benefits and uses, all of which can be used for a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium should be taken daily, with food. Magnesium side effects? There are almost no negative side effects associated with supplementing magnesium. This is because your body will only absorb the amount of magnesium that it currently needs, and will excrete the rest. However, continuous consumption of excessive dosages of magnesium may cause stomach issues and diarrhea.