Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to good health and about 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone, the other half inside cells of body tissues and organs.

Even though only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, the body works very hard to keep that level constant.
The mineral is needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body and helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, steady heart rhythm, a healthy immune system and of course strong bones.

So what foods provide magnesium then?
Good sources of magnesium are green vegetables such as spinach as the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium. Other good sources of magnesium are beans, peas, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Bread from whole grain flour contains more magnesium than bread made from white refined flour.
So if you eat a wide variety of legumes, nuts, whole grains and vegetables you will most likely meet your daily dietary need for magnesium.

Did you know by the way that magnesium and its fellow macronutrient, calcium, act together to help regulate the body’s nerve and muscle tone? So if there isn’t enough magnesium around, the calcium can rush into the nerve cells and activate the nerve. This is why nerve cells can become over activated and send too many messages, if your diet provides too little magnesium. So magnesium deficiency can cause muscle tension, muscle soreness or muscle cramps.
But also enzymes in the body require magnesium to function and magnesium is involved in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

If you think your diet doesn’t provide you with enough magnesium you should rather change your eating habits than take magnesium supplements to stay healthy. But supplements can of course be useful if you lack magnesium.

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