The Importance of Magnesium For Health

Magnesium is abundantly available in a range of foods, as well as in supplement form. It is critical for maintaining a huge range of biochemical reactions  in the body. It is particularly important for:

  • protein synthesis
  • proper muscle function, relaxation and contraction
  • nerve health
  • blood pressure
  • maintaining bone health
  • energy production
  • the list could go on and on.

How Much Magnesium Do I Need?

The Australian Government National health & Medical Research Council recommends the following RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) for magnesium:

Male Adults: 330-350mg a day

Female Adults: 255-265mg a day

Magnesium Deficiency

Measuring the exact level of magnesium in each person’s body is difficult. This is because much of the magnesium that exists in your body is in your bones or cells, not in your blood. This difficulty in measuring magnesium levels can make magnesium deficiency difficult to diagnose via usual tests. However, common signs of a magnesium deficiency include:

  • fatigue
  • agitation / restlessness
  • anxiety
  • nausea
  • tingling in joints and extremities
  • muscle cramping and spasms
  • poor nail / hair health

Studies also suggest sufficient magnesium intake is linked to blood pressure management, increasing / maintaining brain function, helping with migraines and lack of magnesium may contribute to depression-like symptoms.

Best Magnesium Sources

Magnesium is abundantly available in a number of foods. Some of these foods include:

  • Super Cacao is completely organic and rich in magnesium. Try including it in some of our delicious Cacao recipes.
  • WholeFood Magnesium Powder features natural magnesium and is in an easily absorbed powder form. Most magnesium tablets contain synthetic magnesium compounds created in factories. Tablets are not as easily absorbed.
  • dark leafy greens (eg/ raw spinach)
  • nuts and seeds
  • whole grains like brown rice

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This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on which electrolytes we need to maintain health, visit www.health365.com.au.