Not really, I mean, you may hear it here but you’ve likely heard it before…you don’t have to search very long, or hard to find a wealth of information on the web about the benefits of…
It’s been called one of the most powerful minerals known to man!
Magnesium plays a role in more than 300 chemical responses in the body and one of 6 essential macro-minerals. The human body contains 25 grams of magnesium and half is stored in our skeleton and the rest in soft tissue. Our kidneys do the regulating of magnesium. Without it, muscles could not contract, energy would not be produced, and hormones would not synthesize. It is part of every single tissue in the body. It is estimated that over 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.
So, where does it come from? Of course it comes from the earth’s crust but since it’s unlikely you’re going to dig up a serving, I’ll give you some other options.
The number one food source of magnesium is sunflower seeds and whole wheat flour. Spinach, nuts and dark chocolate are also on the list of a good source of magnesium.
What happens when we don’t get enough or this essential mineral? Lots of negative things can happen.
Here’s a short list…
- decreased bone strength
- unregulated blood pressure
- improper nerve function
- poor enzyme function
- poor digestion
- muscle spasms and cramps
- increases our risk for diabetes by impairing insulin secretion
- increased migraines
- increased symptoms of PMS
- a decrease in good bacteria in the gut
- increasing anxiety
- numbness and tingling
The list goes on and on. Our need for magnesium changes as we age and with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Magnesium can interact with medications you may be taking so it’s a great idea to consult with your healthcare provider before you get serious about magnesium supplements and finding the right one for you!
Maybe one of the keys to your better health is just a mineral away.