Every organ in the body needs the mineral magnesium, especially the heart and the kidneys. Our muscles are highly reliant on magnesium for proper functioning and it also contributes to the makeup of teeth and bones. Most importantly, it activates enzymes, contributes to energy production, and helps regulate calcium levels, as well as copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients in the body.
One of the best indications for magnesium is in the treatment of high blood pressure. There is a direct relationship between low magnesium and hypertension. In addition, magnesium deficits are found in insulin-resistant individuals and particularly type 2 diabetics. Many diabetics are hypertensive as well.
Muscle cramps and restless legs are one of the most common reasons for people to seek out a magnesium supplement. It is essential for muscle relaxation, and without it, the muscle is more likely to become tight and painful. It is especially important for older adults and athletes who have a higher requirement.
You can get magnesium from many foods. However, most people probably do not get as much as they should from their diets due to refining of food and soil depletion. Foods rich in magnesium include pumpkin seeds and walnuts, avocadoes, dried apricots and figs. Green leafy vegetables and dark CHOCOLATE are particularly good sources of magnesium.
Should you choose to supplement with magnesium we recommend getting Magnesium Biglycinate ,the most absorbable form, or Magnesium Citrate, which has more of a bowel relaxing quality should you need thatJ The dosage is typically between 300mg – 500mg.
Written by: Sandy Davies, RHN & Krista Boulding, RHN