What is Magnesium Good For?

Magnesium is a very important mineral in the body. Playing a role in over 300 enzyme reactions. Its many functions include helping with muscle and nerve function, regulating blood pressure and supporting the immune system. There are also a number of studies that suggest magnesium supplements can help calm the nervous system, help with sleep and also help with menstural related cramps.

What are the symptoms of low magnesium in the body?

Low magnesium levels don’t cause symptoms in the short term. However, chronically low levels can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.

Many people don’t get enough magnesium in their diets. Nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans and leafy vegetables and fortified foods are all good sources of magnesium. Just one ounce of almonds or cashews contain 20% of the daily magnesium an adult needs.

Is it ok to take magnesium every day?

Doses of less than 350mg daily is safe for most adults. In some people magnesium may cause stomach upset and other side effects.

Do you think you need to take magnesium as a supplement?

Check with your pharmacist, especially if you routinely use magnesium - containing antacids or laxatives.