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Magnesium is one of those nutrients that is involved in most bodily functions
Why We Need Magnesium
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
- muscle function, relaxation and contraction
- nerve health
- cardiovascular health
- maintaining bone health
- energy production
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
Low LEVELS OF MAGNESIUM
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 inadequacy difficult to assess. . However, common signs of a low levels of magnesium include:
- agitation / restlessness
- increase in sensitivity to stress
- nervous tension
- muscle cramping and spasms
- restless sleep
Studies also suggest sufficient magnesium intake is linked to cardiovascular health, premenstrual syndrome,, helping with migraines and stress relief.
BEST MAGNESIUM SOURCES
Magnesium is abundantly available in a number of foods. Some of these foods include:
- Cacao is rich in magnesium. Try including it in some of our delicious Cacao recipes.
- Dark leafy greens (eg/ raw spinach)
- Nuts and seeds
- Whole grains like brown rice
Or if you prefer to take a tablet to top up your magnesium levels then we recommend Natures Way Magnesium Chelate. Magnesium Chelate is thought to be one of the most absorbable forms of magnesium for muscles, stress, relaxation and sleep*.
*Magnesium can only be of assistance if the dietary magnesium intake is inadequate.