Tired of feeling fatigued? Magnesium could transform your sleep and give you more energy than ever
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PUBLISHED: 01:30 EST, 10 February 2022 | UPDATED: 01:30 EST, 10 February 2022
Nicole Hylan was feeling tired and jaded before discovering Magnesium+
After years of restrictions, uncertainty and frustration, it’s hardly surprising that many of us are eager to take control of our lives again and enjoy them to the full.
But after a long period of inactivity, some of us have been left feeling surprisingly lethargic, with people reporting ‘post-lockdown social tiredness‘ and even full-on ‘social burnout’.
For most, it’s temporary. But if you’re feeling stuck with unexplained low energy levels, then a lack of magnesium could be what’s really going on.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for all aspects of health, from muscles to bones, heart health, immunity, mood and even just a good night’s sleep – and it’s vital for fighting tiredness and fatigue.
We need magnesium to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that gives our cells the energy they need to function and drives our metabolism. Without enough ATP, you’ll feel less energetic.
I felt the effect within a couple of weeks. I started to feel much more perky – that’s the best word to describe it.’ – Nicole Hylan, 57
Amazingly, more than half of us in the UK aren’t getting our daily recommended magnesium intake from our diets.
Magnesium is present in foods like kale, spinach, black beans, nuts, bananas and whole grains – but it’s difficult for our bodies to absorb, especially as we get into our 50s and beyond.
It also doesn’t help that the levels of magnesium and other important minerals in UK fruit and vegetables have significantly declined.
More and more Brits are now discovering the link between a lack of magnesium and persistent low energy, and are finding that a supplement can help – like 57-year-old Nicole Hylan.
Feeling sluggish? Why magnesium could reinvigorate you
‘I was feeling particularly tired and jaded,’ recalls Nicole, a retired bookkeeper from Hampshire, about her life in late 2020.
‘We’d just retired and life was a little difficult. Obviously, we’d had a year of lockdown. And I was a bit sad because my daughter had gone off to uni.’
She began to wonder if a nutritional supplement might help. ‘I’d heard a couple of times people saying that magnesium had really made a big difference to them. But I’d been unsure about supplements. Some people absolutely swear by them, but others take them and feel no different.’
Unlike supplements that use magnesium oxide, Magnesium+ uses a naturally-occurring mineral called magnesium lactate, which is adept at optimising and maintaining levels of magnesium in the body
Then Nicole read about a supplement called Magnesium+. ‘So I had a look online, and I liked the fact that it seemed to have a good delivery system. And I thought: if you don’t try, you don’t know, do you? So I tried them, and I was amazed.’
‘I genuinely started to feel different within a couple of weeks. I just felt less tired and less jaded. And more comfortable at night, which meant I was sleeping better.
‘I felt the effect within a couple of weeks. I started to feel much more perky – that’s the best word to describe it.’
‘I’ve found that since I’ve been taking them, I’ve felt more and more like my old self.
I feel like I’ve got more energy and more desire to do stuff. I’ve taken them religiously ever since.’
For Nicole, the effect wasn’t just physical.
‘I think I was feeling quite old psychologically. But because I felt better in myself, it just lightened my mood as well. What I got from the magnesium was enough to start pushing my thoughts in a more positive direction, accepting my age and using it as a springboard to get on with life.
‘You know, this can be the best time of your life. I genuinely believe it gave me the little lift I needed to get me going again.’
Magnesium+ was developed by FutureYou Cambridge, a leading food supplement company known for making formulations backed by extensive scientific research.
‘Suddenly exercise seemed easier. I bounced out of bed for my early morning yoga classes and was able to keep up with others much younger than me.’ – Annabel Simons, 61
Unlike supplements that use magnesium oxide, Magnesium+ uses a naturally-occurring mineral called magnesium lactate, which is adept at optimising and maintaining levels of magnesium in the body.
‘Magnesium oxide may contain a high amount of magnesium but it’s not easily released into the body,’ explains Dr Miriam Ferrer PhD, head of product development at FutureYou Cambridge.
And it gets even harder for older people. ‘Research shows that as we age, our stomachs produce less acid,’ she continues. ‘This means that inorganic salts like magnesium oxide won’t dissolve as well, meaning that it can’t be absorbed as well.’
Taking more magnesium to try and make up for the problem isn’t the best approach, as too much can cause an upset stomach and other unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects.
‘Not only is Magnesium+ twice as absorbable than a standard magnesium oxide supplement, you take 88% less per capsule, making it less likely to affect the stomach,’ says Dr Ferrer.
Despite feeling sceptical, Annabel Simons decided to give Magnesium+ a try. ‘I soon realised I felt like I used to,’ she says
After 61-year-old Annabel Simons, the writer of the award-winning blog Annabel & Grace for older women, was advised by her doctor that she was deficient in magnesium, she tried adding more magnesium-rich foods to her diet.
But they didn’t seem to make any difference – and neither did the magnesium supplements she tried.
Despite feeling sceptical that it might be any different, Annabel decided to give Magnesium+ a go.
‘I liked the fact that scientific research is fundamental to FutureYou Cambridge, so I decided to give it a try.
‘Initially, I thought I could be imagining the improvements, like a placebo, but I genuinely believe that Magnesium+ made me more energetic,’ she says. ‘I slept more consistently because I stopped waking up at night with muscle cramps.’
‘This combination meant my general wellbeing was much better. Suddenly exercise seemed easier. I bounced out of bed for my early morning yoga classes and was able to keep up with others much younger than me. I soon realised I felt just like I used to.’
Annabel continues: ‘At one point when I was on holiday, I ran out of Magnesium+ and quickly felt I couldn’t do as much as I wanted – I really couldn’t do without them.’
Annabel isn’t the only one to notice the difference magnesium levels can make to sleep quality and muscle function.
As well as energy, the mineral is central to the nervous system and neurotransmitter function, which have an effect on sleep and relaxation. A recent study showed that high magnesium intake was associated with better quality sleep.
Michelle Green, 55, takes a Magnesium+ capsule every night before she goes to bed
Michelle Green, 55, a busy mum-of-two who also runs the Fifty & Fab blog for over-fifties, takes a Magnesium+ capsule every night before she goes to bed.
‘I’ve been aware of the benefits of magnesium for a long time. I use magnesium salt baths to alleviate stress, as well as for bloating and inflammation.
‘But since I’ve been taking the supplement before bedtime, I’ve noticed how much better I sleep, especially because my leg twitches have calmed down.
‘That has a knock-on effect for everyday life, like feeling less weary and short-tempered. I think it’s something we should all be taking.’
‘I think having a good bedtime routine, which includes taking my magnesium supplements, has definitely helped.’
‘I just feel more able to cope with the day. I feel less lethargic and more enthusiastic. It just enhances my mood.’
Adam Cleevely, the CEO of FutureYou Cambridge, says: ‘Many of us want to elevate our energy levels, whether that’s through a healthy balanced diet, regular exercise, a good night’s sleep or just taking time to relax and unwind. A magnesium supplement can help, and the best way to find out is simply to try it.’