Magnesium: deficiency and the importance of supplementation

Magnesium is a mineral that's crucial to the body's function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady.

Researchers studying marathon runners found magnesium to be the most highly depleted electrolyte in athletes, followed by potassium.

With a lack of magnesium, our muscles would remain in a permanent state of contraction, which is why this mineral is a particularly important consideration for athletes and the fitness community.


The combined factors of stresses placed upon the muscles and the natural loss of electrolytes during exercise means that the replenishment of magnesium for muscles and their recovery is crucial.


It is a vital mineral for general health as it assists in the body’s ability to absorb calcium into the bone matter, and is crucial for nerve function.


Symptoms of low-level magnesium deficiency include:

  • Muscular symptoms such as cramping
  • Muscle spasms
  • Prolonged muscle soreness
  • Tension without improvement or recovery.

Mild magnesium deficiency can also present symptoms of:

  • Poor sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to relax.


Magnesium and nutrition

Foods rich in magnesium include dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, bananas, nuts and seeds, dried apricots, fish, legumes, natural yoghurt, and dark chocolate. Those with an existing magnesium deficiency, or those with digestive issues that impede upon correct nutrient absorption, may wish to take a high-quality oral supplement.

At Dorman Healthcare we stock a high quality magnesium supplement made by Lamberts™, MagAsorb™ is a high quality Magnesium supplement containing 150mg of Magnesium as citrate which has superior absorption into the human body. Order Now;


Magnesium for muscle recovery

An option which is gaining strong popularity in the sporting and fitness community is to replenish magnesium using topical products.

Topical products include-

  • bath salts,
  • lotions,
  • sprays,


These allow magnesium to be absorbed instantly into the skin for immediate use by the muscles.

Bathing in magnesium salts supports muscle recovery on two levels, firstly when used in a hot bath, the heat can help aid recovery by improving blood flow to the muscles and secondly the replenishment of depleted magnesium stores via absorption into the skin.


We keep an extensive stock of Magnesium Bathing Salts in-store @ Dorman’s


Magnesium recovery sprays and lotions

The use of a topical magnesium product is particularly beneficial for those undergoing intensive weight training and those undertaking sports involving short periods of sprinting.

Both activities have a particular tendency to cause shortening and bulking of the muscles, which causes heightened stress to them.

Products such as Better You™ Magnesium Oil Body Spray provides exceptional magnesium absorption directly into muscles aiding soreness and improves recovery time. They are also available as gels and lotions. Order now;