Why is magnesium so important?

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, helps keep bones strong, keeps the heart beat steady and supports a healthy immune system. It also helps aid in the production of energy and protein and regulates blood glucose levels. Magnesium is known as the Master Mineral because it helps with the absorption of other vitamins. Minerals are more important than vitamins because without them vitamins struggle to do their job. There is ongoing research into the role of magnesium and thyroid function. Many individuals who suffer from poor thyroid function need magnesium as it helps with the absorption of iodine.

Where can I get magnesium?

Food sources of magnesium come from vegetables such as dark leafy greens. Other food sources of magnesium are:

  • Bananas
  • Avacados
  • Apricots
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Spinach

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency.

  • Calcium deficiency
  • Poor heart health
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Type II diabetes
  • Respiratory issues
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Poor memory
  • Confusion

Magnesium is missing from most of our topsoil, leaving the vast majority, perhaps 80%, with a failure to meet even the USDA’s recommended dietary allowance of 240-420 milligrams a day. While it is still important to eat a magnesium rich diet you may need magnesium supplements if you have a severe magnesium deficiency.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms check with your doctor to see if supplementing with magnesium may help you.