How much do you know about magnesium? Chances are you may not know what a powerhouse this mineral is or how much your body needs. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at magnesium and discover not only what it does, but why we need it.
Where Does Magnesium Come From?
First of all, that glass of water sitting beside you may have magnesium. Different water sources contain different levels of this mineral. For example, those with well water, may or may not get more in their water than those with city water. The same is true for bottled water. Some companies even add it to their water. It can also be found in foods. Some of the highest sources include dark leafy greens, nuts, fatty fish, beans and lentils, and whole grains. You can also get it from a multivitamin or magnesium supplement.
What Does Magnesium Do For Us?
This mineral is a powerhouse when it comes to your health. Important for muscle contractions, nerve transmission, energy production, nutrient metabolism, blood coagulation, and bone and cell formation. It’s even important for better sleep. It’s easy to see just how important this mineral is.
What Are the Signs of Magnesium Deficiency?
Considered a macro-mineral, meaning that your body needs it in large doses. Those that are 31 years of age and older need 320mg a day. To put that in perspective, raw dark leafy greens have 24mg per cup and a 3oz filet of mackerel has 82mg. Unless, you’re eating an extremely healthy diet that focuses on magnesium-rich foods, you may have trouble getting the amount of it your body needs. Signs that your body is deficient include: muscle spasms and cramps, low energy, anxiety and depression, sleep problems, hormone problems, and high blood pressure. These are just a few of the symptoms.
One of my favorite ways to introduce leafy greens into my diet is through the use of smoothies! Not only do they taste delicious but they are perfect for a grab and go morning!
Do You Need a Magnesium Supplement?
Whether or not you need a supplement is up to your healthcare provider. However, if you are experiencing the symptoms listed above, you need to speak to your doctor. Your doctor may or may not request blood work before recommending a supplement. Remember, there are a number of health issues that can cause the symptoms listed above. That’s why it’s important to speak to your doctor before beginning any supplements.
It is an important mineral that your body needs for your overall health. If you suspect that you may be deficient in magnesium, speak to your doctor about going on a supplement or making dietary changes.
*Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experience. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here.