The Importance of Magnesium & How to Get Enough

You have probably heard of Magnesium - it’s a common mineral found in the earth, sea, plants, animals and humans. In fact, Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, playing a vital role in hundreds of physiological processes. Our bodies rely on this mineral to maintain blood pressure, normal muscle and nerve function, keep a healthy immune system, build strong bones, and much more.

WHY DO WE NEED MAGNESIUM?

One of magnesium's main roles is acting as a "helper molecule" or enabler of more than 300 enzyme functions.

Some of the roles magnesium plays in the body include

  • Helps convert food into energy and maintains metabolism
  • Protein synthesis - Helps create new proteins from amino acids
  • Gene maintenance - Helps create and repair DNA and RNA
  • Helps regulate the nervous system, which contributes to stabilizing mood, reducing stress, and promoting better sleep
  • Maintains normal muscle function, including the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
  • Contributes to heart and bone health


HOW MUCH MAGNESIUM DO YOU NEED PER DAY?

The daily recommended intake of magnesium is:

  • Women: 310-320 mg/day
  • Men: 400-420 mg/day


SIMPLE WAYS TO ADD MAGNESIUM INTO YOUR ROUTINE

Magnesium is one of seven essential macro-minerals that the human body needs, however, the body does not produce magnesium and therefore must gain it through food consumption. Trouble is, many of us are deficient when it comes to magnesium. Fortunately, this mineral is abundant in nature and easily added to your daily routine without too much effort.

THROUGH THE FOOD WE EAT

Magnesium is available through many of the foods we eat, so optimising your diet is a great place to start. Don’t overthink it, just ensure you eat plenty of leafy greens and add a few handfuls of nuts and seeds to your meals.

Cacao powder is one of our favourite magnesium-rich ingredients, and a perfect excuse to eat plenty of dark chocolate!

An easy way to remember foods that are good magnesium sources is to think of fibre. Foods that are high in fibre are generally high in magnesium.

A TOP QUALITY SUPPLEMENT

A high-quality supplement is a common way to top up daily magnesium levels. We recommend consulting a health care professional before use.

A NIGHTTIME BATH

A warm bath is a perfect way to relax and unwind. Adding in Magnesium Flakes or Epsom Salts also allows to you transdermally absorb magnesium through the skin and feel completely relaxed, both mentally and physically.

TOPICAL MAGNESIUM OIL

No time for a bath? A topical magnesium oil, gel or spray is a quick and convenient way to boost your intake. Apply the oil directly to areas of pain or just before bed to promote sleep.

17th Feb 2020 Team Goodness

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