Benefits of Magnesium and how much do YOU need!

Magnesium plays a major role in our bodies and is considered an essential mineral that our bodies require for our organs. Not only does it provide its own benefits it is essential in activating the vitamin B in our bodies D, further, but it also aids in relaxing muscles, regulates calcium levels and helping blood to clot and is required for the secretion of insulin.

On average, we need between 300-400 milligrams of magnesium a day. As we can see magnesium is absolutely an essential mineral that we must be getting in our diets and if we cannot get the required amounts I would highly recommend that we take a supplement of magnesium to get the benefits that we so desperately need of it.

Magnesium is found in varying levels in nuts, whole grains, dark green vegetables, bananas, oats, dark chocolate, fish and meat. Rich sources include pumpkin and sunflower seeds, bran, tofu, potatoes, spinach and baked beans.

Researchers believe maintaining adequate levels of magnesium in our bodies is beneficial in treating and managing the following conditions: asthma, diabetes, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, migraines, osteoporosis, pre-eclampsia, premenstrual tension and restless leg syndrome. Magnesium is also thought to play a role in the sleep cycle.

If you want to commence taking a supplement as you do not have adequate amounts of magnesium in your diet it is always important to contact your health care professional to check that it is ok for you, especially if you are on any medications.

Too much stress, processed food, caffeine and alcohol can lower the levels of magnesium in your body. A few simple changes in our day to day diet to include more whole grains, dark vegetables, fish and meat can increase our levels of magnesium which is so important for our health and well-being.

Laughlan Harkin - Challenge Coach