Despite being the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, many of us don’t get enough magnesium. Considering that it plays several vital roles in the body and brain - from supporting muscle health to regulating the nervous system, stabilising moods, fighting inflammation and alleviating PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) – it’s essential to ensure we’re getting enough magnesium through our diet and in some cases, a supplement.

And its benefits don’t stop there. New research shows that magnesium may also help with acid reflux, which occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter fails to close off the oesophagus from the stomach, allowing the acid in the stomach to flow back into the throat, leading to irritation and pain. These symptoms are often accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth, a burning sensation in the chest, or the feeling that food is coming back up your throat.

When combined with hydroxide or carbonate ions, magnesium could provide short-term relief from these symptoms by neutralising the acid in your stomach.


To get more of this powerful mineral, fill your plate with magnesium-rich foods like pumpkin seeds, spinach, avocado, salmon, cashews, almonds, black beans and dark chocolate. Also consider Releaf Alkaline Tablets, which contain many minerals, including magnesium, to assist with the relief of heartburn, excessive stomach acid and acid indigestion.

Releaf Pharma believes all treatment of illness should begin with your doctor’s opinion.

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Carmen Coetzer