Magnesium, the vital but forgotten Mineral
Often referred as the master mineral however Magnesium (Mg) is possibly the most ignored minerals of them all. We often associate calcium with bone health or iron with fatigue but we do not have any easy way to remember Magnesium.
However, magnesium is an extremely versatile and vital nutrient that many health professionals and nutritionists believe is the solitary most important nutrient for our bodies! Magnesium affects over three hundred different enzymatic processes which help the body function correctly. It is essential for bone, heart, teeth, muscle and kidney health, also it helps regulate other nutrients, including zinc, vitamin D and copper.
A lot of us don’t get enough magnesium in our diets, there are many explanations for this but mainly because we’re not very aware of it in our diets, and an excess of Caffeine, alcohol and salt our diet can deplete its stores, as well as intense exercise and chronic stress.
Some signs of a magnesium deficiency are:
- Restless leg
- Agitation or anxiety
- High blood pressure
- Chronic nausea
- Muscle spasms, aches or tics
If you are feeling any of these symptoms it may help increasing your daily intake of magnesium.
You can find Magnesium in food such as spinach, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, salmon, nuts and dark chocolate (75% or more cacao). Another great way to boost your magnesium stores is by having an Epsom salt bath! Many of us have special health, dietry or lifestyle demands so athletes, the elderly or anyone who is nutritionally compromised or feeling low on magnesium would benefit from supplementation.
Magnesium is great for relaxing and is best taken at bedtime for optimal absorption and to aid a deep and rejuvenating sleep. So for stronger muscles, increased flexibility, a settled stomach, a better sleep the list goes on and on, aim to increase the magnesium in your diet, your body will thank you for it!