The benefits of magnesium in the body are numerous. Consuming adequate amounts of magnesium in our diet is essential to life. Some of the benefits of magnesium include: the regulation of calcium in the body, it activates vitamin D, it regulates electrolytes, is essential for over 300 enzymatic functions in the body including our metabolism, it protects our heart, it is intricate in bone formation, the adrenal glands depend on magnesium to help ward off depression, it regulates insulin levels and it is a key component to energy production in the body.
I first began researching the benefits of magnesium years ago when I noticed my eye twitching randomly. I came to find out that I was not getting enough magnesium in my diet. Upon adding a magnesium supplement to my diet, the twitching stopped. There are many symptoms that could signify a magnesium deficiency such as muscle cramps, twitching, poor memory, confusion, calcium deficiency, anxiety, high blood pressure, fatigue and dizziness to name a few. If you have these symptoms, you may have a magnesium deficiency.
Through modern day farming practices, much of our soil has been depleted of the magnesium content that is needed to produce agriculture that is rich in magnesium. Many people are looking to supplements to put back in their diets the magnesium that has been stripped from it. I suggest adding more magnesium rich foods to your diet first. If you are still not getting the amount of magnesium you need daily, then look to supplements. Some foods high in magnesium are spinach, squash, black beans and nuts like cashews, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds. If you happen to get more magnesium then you need, which is harder to do then one might think, it can have a laxative effect.
The benefits of magnesium can be acquired as the skin absorbs the mineral transdermally. Taking an Epsom salt bath on a regular basis can help reduce inflammation, aches and pains and boost your intake of magnesium. Epsom salt is a natural compound of magnesium and sulfate. Taking a relaxing Epsom salt bath before bed can help you sleep well. You can make your own Espom salt bath bags.
We reap the benefits of magnesium when we get the recommended dietary allowance. This chart will help you figure out how much magnesium your body needs daily. Here are some facts and figures on magnesium from the National Institute of Health.
Benefits of Magnesium
Benefits of Magnesium
When we eat the following foods, our body will naturally attain the benefits of magnesium.
*DV = Daily Value. DVs were developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help consumers compare the nutrient contents of products within the context of a total diet. The DV for magnesium is 400 mg for adults and children aged 4 and older. However, the FDA does not require food labels to list magnesium content unless a food has been fortified with this nutrient. Foods providing 20% or more of the DV are considered to be high sources of a nutrient.