Q. Dear Terry, “One of my friends recommended I try magnesium to help with my tight muscles. How much magnesium should I take and what type of magnesium?”– Julia K., Evansville, IN
A. Dear Julia, Magnesium is an incredibly important mineral that is needed for hundreds of processes in the body. Some experts estimate that up to 80 precent of the U.S. population is deficient. A few of the many uses for magnesium include: helping with focus and concentration, strengthening the heart and arteries, speed exercise recovery, boost mood, and relaxes muscles.
My favorite form of magnesium is magnesium bisglycinate chelate because it is easily absorbed and utilized by the body. Magnesium works even better when combined with vitamin B6 and zinc. Vitamin B6 helps magnesium absorb better and is often recommended as a second nutrient to relieve muscle cramps, stress, and other conditions. Zinc deficiency may also contribute to muscle tightness and cramps.
I recommend taking 10 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P), 100 mg of magnesium (as magnesium bisglycinate chelate), and 5 mg of zinc (as zinc bisglycinate chelate) three or four times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally
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