Magnificant Magnesium: The Forgotten Mineral?
Do you get enough? Magnesium, that is. Maybe you haven’t thought about the amount of magnesium in your diet, but according to a recent study, you should. Consuming too little of this important mineral can actually lead to death! It is important in the prevention of conditions ranging from diabetes to heart disease to stroke, too. So what’s the story on magnesium, and how can you be sure you’re receiving enough of this beneficial nutrient?
Magnesium is a mineral found in spinach, beans, bananas, peas, nuts, whole grains, soy, and some types of mineral water. However, one of the problems we have getting the recommended daily dosage of magnesium (420 mg for men and 320 for women) is because much of our fruits and vegetables are grown in soil that has been depleted of its magnesium. Also, Americans especially have a hard time getting enough magnesium because as a nation, we eat too little beneficial fruits and vegetables.
Why is magnesium so important for good health and disease prevention? Over 300 of our bodies’ daily functions require magnesium! This mineral helps us maintain healthy muscles, helps keep blood pressure in check, stabilizes blood sugar, and boosts the immune system. Studies show that people who get enough magnesium reduce their risk of having osteoporosis, have lower blood pressure, are less likely to have clogged arteries and also are less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Magnesium also plays a very important role in the prevention of heart disease, and can actually save your life if administered during a heart attack.
A doctor will be able to tell you if you are deficient in any important nutrient through a blood test, and this includes magnesium. If you are feeling weak, have insomnia or chronic fatigue, memory problems, muscle cramping, or nerve problems, tingling, or numbness, you could be deficient in magnesium. Severe deficiencies can lead to heart spasms and seizures. Getting plenty of good fruits and vegetables is your first step to ensuring you get enough magnesium daily. Your doctor may recommend a supplement, such as magnesium citrate powder, or magnesium dimalate, but check first before taking these because they can affect other medications you are taking.
Make sure you aren’t one of the 80% of Americans who are “forgetting” magnesium. You’ll cut your risk for a host of chronic and fatal diseases, plus you’ll probably start to feel better, too!