You may have heard of the benefits of magnesium for humans and pets, but do you know why? Magnesium is an essential mineral that the human body needs to function properly. One way to make sure you get enough magnesium is to add a magnesium supplement. I take a magnesium supplement, and I also give my dogs magnesium as a part of their dietary supplements, especially for the health benefits magnesium does for their bone health.
Here are the top 5 benefits of magnesium.
Magnesium Can Help Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation is a broad term used to describe the body’s response to injury or disease. When the body is inflamed, it is trying to heal itself. However, sometimes inflammation can become chronic, lasting for months or even years. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a number of diseases, including heart disease and arthritis. Magnesium has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce inflammation in the body. (1)
This all applies to our pets as well since they suffer from the same types of inflammatory diseases we do.
Magnesium Improved Heart Health
Magnesium has been shown to improve heart health in a number of ways. It helps to regulate blood pressure levels and keeps the heart rhythms regular. It also helps to prevent atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries. All of these effects work together to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve overall cardiovascular health. (2)
This all applies to our pets as well since they are also susceptible to heart disease.
Magnesium Can Help Improve Muscle Function
Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including muscle contraction and relaxation. A lack of magnesium can lead to muscle cramps and weakness. Studies have shown that magnesium supplementation can improve muscle function in people with magnesium deficiency. (3)
Again, This all applies to our pets as well since they also need magnesium for proper muscle function.
Magnesium Better Bone Density
Magnesium is essential for keeping bones healthy and strong. It helps with calcium absorption and keeps bones from deteriorating as we age. Getting enough magnesium can help to prevent osteoporosis and keep bones strong and healthy throughout our lives. (4), (5), (6)
Yes, again, this applies to our pets as well since they are also susceptible to osteoporosis.
Magnesium Can Help Improve Sleep Quality
Magnesium has a calming effect on the body and can help reduce anxiety levels. A lack of magnesium has been linked to sleeplessness and insomnia. Magnesium supplementation can improve sleep quality in people with magnesium deficiency. (7),(8),(9)
Magnesium Can Help Reduce Migraine Frequency
Migraine is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. A migraine attack can cause severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Magnesium has been shown to reduce the frequency of migraines in some people. (10), (11)
Magnesium Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Magnesium helps relax blood vessels and can lower blood pressure in people with hypertension. (12), (13), (14)
This all applies to our pets as well since they are also susceptible to high blood pressure.
Magnesium Improved Mood and Brain Functioning
Magnesium plays an important role in brain function and has been shown to improve moods, memory, focus, and overall cognitive functioning. It’s also thought to help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. (15), (16), (17)
The decline in cognitive functioning and dementia are conditions our pets are faced with too.
As you can see, there are many benefits of magnesium for humans and pets. If you think you or your pet may be deficient in magnesium, talk to your doctor, vet, or holistic practitioner about supplementation. You can also contact me for any issues you may have with your pet here.
This is what I use for my pets and myself.
Magnesium Clycinate. I take it with water or any other liquid I drink. I sprinkle it over the raw food for my pets.
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Thomas Sandberg CSAN, CCNC, AADP
Thomas Sandberg is a board certified animal naturopath and carnivore nutritionist. He founder of Long Living Pets Research Projects, a 30-year observational study into raw-fed dogs and cats. Thomas also consults in animal naturopathy, including the prevention of chronic diseases and longevity using all-natural modalities. With more than 20 years of experience with hundreds of cancer cases, he has a deep understanding of why so many dogs and cats get cancer today and how we can lower the risk significantly.