Not just something you find on the periodic table and in the science room. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, with 60-65% found in bone and 27% in the muscles. Its primary roles are to support the function of muscles and nerves, as well as provide energy. It also plays a role in contributing to bone density, to lower the risk of fractures and breaks. There’s some evidence to suggest magnesium helps to prevent high blood pressure and contributes to general heart health.
Magnesium deficiency isn’t obvious or a concern if you are otherwise healthy. However, if low levels of magnesium continue over a long period of time, you may start to notice symptoms. Poor appetite, weakness and tiredness are the main symptoms, with more serious cases leading to muscle twitches/cramps and osteoporosis.
Most people get enough magnesium from a healthy diet but supplements can help bring it into your diet. This should reduce symptoms of tiredness and weakness. You can take a capsule daily, or stir magnesium supplement powder into water and drink it.
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How much magnesium do I need?
The NHS recommend 300mg of magnesium for men (aged 19 – 64) and 270mg for women (aged 19 – 64).
What foods are rich in magnesium?
To incorporate more magnesium into your diet, foods that are rich in the mineral include nuts, seeds, whole grains, bananas and leafy greens.