Do you get cramp during sports due to magnesium diviency?
Maintaining a good magnesium supply is important for sportsmen and women. That’s because we lose valuable minerals when we sweat, including magnesium. But as the mineral is essential for your energy metabolism (to keep your power up), you should always keep an eye on your magnesium levels when practising sports.
Magnesium and sports: key facts at a glance
- Magnesium is crucial for the body's energy metabolism and sports performance.
- Sweating tends to increase magnesium loss.
So, sportsmen and women may have a higher daily magnesium requirement. They need to take particular care to ensure their magnesium intake is adequate.
Controlling your magnesium intake: tips for sportsmen and women
Sportsmen and women need to keep their magnesium levels topped up if they want to achieve full performance levels with all of their muscle cells fully supplied with the mineral. That’s because magnesium is important for energy and protein metabolism and maintaining vital muscle function.
The problem is that you can’t always ensure your higher magnesium requirement is met by a diet that is rich in magnesium alone. As well as adjusting your dietary habits to optimise magnesium intake, it can sometimes be helpful to supplement your diet with suitable magnesium products from the pharmacy. The Biolectra® magnesium range, for example, has various dosage forms and strengths to suit every individual magnesium requirement.
Maintaining an adequate supply of magnesium is a good way of avoiding deficiency for sportsmen and women. At the same time, taking the mineral has not been shown to be performance-enhancing in athletes, and so it does not count as “doping”.1
1 Predel H.G.et al. Magnesium im ambitionierten Breitensport. In: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin. Jg. 69. Nr. 1 2017, S.1-9.