Magnesium - A deficiency in this mineral could be harming your health!

MAGNESIUM is a mineral that is absolutely essential for every biochemical process in our bodies, including metabolism and the synthesis of nucleic acids and protein.  Magnesium deficiency is very common, particularly in the elderly, heavy drinkers, pregnant women, and regular strenuous exercisers, and it has been proven that a very slight deficiency can cause a disruption of the heartbeat.  If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame. Other symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: weakness, fatigue, vertigo, nervousness, muscle cramps and hyperactivity in children. 

Properties: 

  • Necessary for many bodily functions, including energy production and cell replication. 
  •  Essential for transmission of nerve impulses.
  •  Helps to prevent kidney stones and gallstones.
  •  Useful in the treatment of prostate problems.
  •  Repairs and maintains body cells.
  •  Required for hormonal activity.
  •  Useful in the treatment of high blood pressure
  •  Protects against cardiovascular disease
  •  Aids in alleviating symptoms of PMS
  • Creating energy in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) 
  • Helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats 
  • Serves as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis 
  • Acting as a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin



Best food sources include: brown rice, nuts, brewer's yeast (a power add on in our oatmeal recipe), legumes, whole wheat flour, soybeans.

The U.S. RDA recommends a daily intake of 300-400 mg.

The recommendations according Eat Right Ontario are outlined below:

 

Sources: Dr. Mercola, Eat Right Ontario, 

Susan Arruda