Magnesium is a fundamental mineral that every organ requires for a different activity, including bone, fatty acids and protein formation. It is also important in activating vitamins D and B, relaxing muscles, helping blood clot, regulating calcium levels and is necessary for the insulin secretion. Magnesium helps in the regulation of our body temperature, produces energy and rids us of the toxins. Usually lots of us don’t get enough magnesium. The required amount is 300- 400 mg. per day. Some of the symptoms of lacking in magnesium are stress, constipation, poor quality sleep, headaches, migraines and muscle spasms.
Magnesium is found in nuts, whole grains, fish, meat and dark leafy greens. Also good sources of magnesium are sunflower and pumpkin seeds, tofu, sesame seeds, avocado, bananas and dark chocolate or cocoa.
Researchers believe that adequate levels of magnesium are essential in treating the following conditions: diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, migraines, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, restless leg syndrome and premenstrual tension.
Some of the studies indicate that the deficiency in magnesium can increase the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal period. And because of that increasing the magnesium intake can avoid the bone loss which leads to osteoporosis.
There are no serious negative aspects of sufficient magnesium levels, but exaggerated supplementation can cause stomach upsets and diarrhea.
People with heart or kidney disease should consult the doctor before start taking magnesium supplements.
Everyone needs to know if there is an adequate magnesium levels in their organism. Too much stress, caffeine and alcohol, processed food or heavy periods can lead to deficiency in magnesium. Magnesium chloride is the most usual form of supplements that allow greatest uptake.