Possibly one of your most important micronutrients, magnesium is essential for you feeling and functioning at your best. Required for over 300 chemical reactions within your body, this is one nutrient to ensure you're getting enough of.
Here's a magnesium snap shot of this amazing mineral.
Functions in your body
Magnesium plays a role in over 300 chemical reactions in your body.
Some of these include:
Nervous system regulation
Blood glucose control
Blood pressure control
Management of calcium stores (bone health)
Symptoms of low magnesium levels
Low mood / depression
Headaches and migraines
High blood pressure
Low bone mineral density
Those at risk of low magnesium levels
Those eating a highly processed diet
Those on a gluten free diet
Those with diabetes / insulin resistance
Those with chronic diarrhoea
Those with malabsorption
Those with vitamin D deficiency
Those who sweat a lot
Those with high stress
Those who are pregnant
Those who drink excess alcohol
Those on certain medications, including: some antibiotics, reflux/antacid meds, hypertensive dugs and laxatives
Foods rich in magnesium
pepitas, sunflower, flax, quinoa
almonds, cashews, brazil
oats, brown rice, wholemeal bread/spaghetti
black beans, kidney beans, lentils
spinach, jacket potato, broccoli
eat more plants.