One of the doctors we admire is Dr. Lara Briden. Her approach is a natural one, and she prescribes magnesium for almost every hormonal condition, including PCOS, thyroid, hair loss, PMS, migraines, and peri-menopause.
“I love magnesium because it makes people feel better almost immediately. What’s up with this mineral? Why are we all so deficient? We’re deficient because our cells dump magnesium during stress. We actively push it out of our bodies as a way to rev up our nervous system”
Why magnesium is good for hormones
- Regulates cortisol. It calms your nervous system and prevents excessive cortisol. Your stress hormonal system—also called your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis—is your central hormonal system. When it functions well, then your other hormones (thyroid and reproductive hormones) will function well too.
- Reduces blood sugar and normalises insulin. It’s effective at improving insulin sensitivity. Healthy insulin sensitivity means fewer sugar cravings and is effective treatment for weight loss and PCOS.
- Supports thyroid. Magnesium is essential for the production of thyroid hormone. It is also anti-inflammatory, which helps to quiet the autoimmune inflammation that underlies most thyroid disease.
- Aids sleep. Magnesium is the “great sleep-promoter,” and sleep is crucial for hormone production. Sleep is when we should enjoy a beneficial surge of anabolic hormones such as DHEA and growth hormone.
- Fuels cellular energy. It’s so intricately involved with mitochondria and energy production, that we can safely say: “Without magnesium, there is no cellular energy”. Hormonal tissue has a high metabolic rate, and so requires even more cellular energy and more magnesium than other tissue.
- Supports a healthy hormone response. It aids in the manufacture of steroid hormones including progesterone, oestrogen, and testosterone. It also normalises the action of progesterone on the central nervous system, which could be why it relieves symptoms of PMDD, migraines, and menopause.
- Activates vitamin D, and slows ageing. Without enough magnesium, vitamin D cannot do its job. Plus it slows ageing as it prevents telomere shortening, and reduces oxidative stress.
Should you test for magnesium deficiency? The answer is no. As the majority is inside your cells, there no accurate way to measure it with a blood test. You simply have to try a supplement and see how you feel.
The best supplement is magnesium glycinate or bisglycinate (the mineral joined to the amino acid glycine). This is the least laxative supplement, and also the most absorbable. Food sources of magnesium include leafy greens, almonds, chocolate, and mineral water.
For a special treat, try magnesium and resveratrol rich chocolate!
Combine all ingredients – you may need to soften coconut oil if it is solid. Pour into chocolate moulds or a lined baking tray and allow to set in the fridge.
Get creative and add your favourite flavours to tantalise your taste buds.
Try a dash of vanilla; pinch of sea salt; nut butters; goji berries; raspberries, orange peel; pistachios; flaked almonds. The possibilities are endless!
Enjoy the guilt free pleasure!