Welcome to part eight of our blog series and your journey to better muscular performance and recovery.
For the span of this series, we’ve learned that magnesium is the single most important nutrient to your muscular health, function and performance. It’s simply rooted in the very nature of the human muscular system, and without it your muscles:
- have no energy
- cannot be activated by your nerves
- cannot contract or relax (move your body around)
- cannot recover from exercise
- deteriorate over time
Thus, if magnesium is so critical to muscular and athletic function, it should come as no surprise that it is proven to also enhance athletic and overall performance.
Magnesium Enhances Overall Performance
Let’s briefly look at some of the proven effects that magnesium has on athletic and overall human performance. (You can find all the scientific literature for this post at iMag library’s muscle performance section.) Here are just some of these powerful effects:
- Magnesium enhances overall neuromuscular performance, and magnesium deficiency reduces performance.
- Magnesium increases oxygen uptake and delivery to muscles.
- Magnesium increases how efficiently muscles use oxygen in athletes and older women.
- Magnesium deficiency leads to poorer oxygen utilization in muscles.
- Magnesium increases glucose availability in the brain and muscles.
- Magnesium supplementation prevents thyroid hormone from dropping during exercise.
- Magnesium boosts strength gains, including performance in compound exercise like the bench press.
- Magnesium improves performance in martial arts in youth and the elderly.
All these benefits go hand in hand with not only magnesium’s roles in the human muscular system, but also with its role of producing the natural performance-enhancning hormones that were covered in the previous post.
The other critical factor (which we will revisit in the next/final post of this series) is that health experts have concluded that magnesium deficiency now affects over 90% of people to some degree. Thus there is a very good chance that many people who took place in the above studies (as well as most athletes in general) are magnesium-deficient, and thus were alredy performing at sub-abtimal levels.
It was almost innevitable that restoring their neuromuscular system’s most critical nutrient would improve their performance!
Magnesium is rooted in the very nature of your neuromuscular system, and it is responsible for your body’s production of performance enhancing hormones. It’s no surprise that research has shown magnesium supplementation to be an extremely powerful performance enhancer.
We’ll see you in the next post where we summarize what we’ve learned, AND look at why leading a very active life without magnesium supplementation can actually accelerate your aging and disease.
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