Jacqui Lewis - BHSc Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine
The Importance of Magnesium in the Body
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body,
which is responsible for supporting hundreds of chemical reactions in your body.
Unfortunately, studies suggest that about 50% of the population gets less than the recommended daily amount of magnesium.
Magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body.
About 60% of magnesium in your body is found in the bone. The rest is in muscles, soft tissues and fluids, including blood.
One of magnesium's main roles is acting as a helper molecule in the reactions continuously performed by enzymes.
Other functions include:
Helps convert food into energy.
Helps create new proteins from amino acids. to rebuild tissue, and to lower inflammation.
Helps create and repair DNA.
Part of the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
Helps regulate neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your brain, nervous system and your muscles.
Health Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium may help with the following health conditions:
Maintaining cardiovascular health and bone density.
Migraines and headaches, including tension headaches.
Stress, irritability, insomnia and anxiety, muscle tension.
Signs of Magnesium Deficiency
- Muscular problems such as cramps
- Aches and pains
- Period pain
- Premenstrual syndrome symptoms include mood swings, fluid retention, and premenstrual migraines.
Dietary Sources of Magnesium
Magnesium-rich foods include:
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Whole grains
A significant amount of magnesium may be lost from foods during processing and refining. It's best to avoid refined and processed foods and include fresh foods that deliver helpful magnesium levels to maximize your magnesium intake.
Top 10 Dietary Sources of Magnesium
157mg per 1 cup
154mg per 1 cup
3. Pumpkin Seeds
92mg per 1/8 cup
4. Yogurt or Kefir
50mg per 1 cup
80mg per 1 cup
6. Black Beans
60mg per 1/2 cup
58mg per 1 medium
50mg per 1/2 cup
9. Dark Chocolate
95mg per 1 square
32mg per 1 medium