The importance of magnesium

Why is magnesium important?

Magnesium contributes to over 300 to 600 processes within the body, helping it run smoothly. Magnesium plays a big role in energy production, bone development, muscle contraction and it’s vital for brain, heart, muscle and skeletal health. [1] Approximately 50-60% of magnesium is stored in the bones, which makes it difficult to measure in blood serum

What foods have magnesium?

There are many, but studies have shown that Western countries do not get the recommended daily allowance of magnesium, which varies by age. So, it’s best to take a supplement in addition to eating a magnesium rich diet. However, proceed with caution and inform your doctor of your daily magnesium intake. Foods rich in magnesium are green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, are good sources.

 For a specific list of food and RDA allowance.

What are the health risks of low magnesium?

When magnesium deficiency is present, it is believed to be associated with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure in adults. As well as diabetes mellitus, GI tract disease, liver cirrhosis and disease of the parathyroid and thyroid glands.

In children, insufficient dietary intake of magnesium may also affect the development and exacerbation of ADHD symptoms.[1]

There are many types of magnesium, and not all supplements are alike. I recommend magnesium malate from Designs for Health, due to better bioavailability and it offers the benefits of malic acid which supports cellular energy production and the chelation of heavy metals. Magnesium and malic acid seem to stay in the bloodstream longer than most forms of magnesium.

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Knowing the benefits of magnesium and the associated risks will help most patients fully understand why it’s so important in their diet. 

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In good health,

Vishaal Veerula, MD

 

 

 

 

1 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24325082/

 

 

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