Always consult your doctor before making any health and/or lifestyle changes.
Magnesium is an important mineral in our bodies that we get from food. Since many people do not get enough magnesium naturally, supplements are a good way to increase your daily amount. This article discusses what magnesium and the benefits of magnesium supplements.
What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is found in our bodies. Most of the magnesium in our bodies is in our bones, but it is also in muscles, tissues and fluids. Magnesium is important for so many things that occur in our body, like normal bone structure, biochemical reactions, improved exercise, brain function, blood pressure, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
How Can We Get Magnesium Naturally?
Magnesium can be found in a variety of foods. It is typically found in foods that are high in fiber.
- Dark chocolate
- Black beans
How Much Magnesium Should We Have Daily?
According to the National Institute of Health, adult men should have between 400-420mg daily and adult women should have between 310-320mg daily.
Here are some symptoms that may indicate you have a magnesium deficiency:
- Leg cramps
- High blood pressure
- Digestive issues
Benefits of Magnesium Supplements
It is believed that many people are not naturally getting enough magnesium daily. This is where magnesium supplements can be beneficial to increasing your daily intake. I recommend it for almost everyone. It could be used for a variety of conditions not only constipation, but as well as anxiety, insomnia, gynecologic issues, neurological conditions.
Magnesium citrate and magnesium oxide are the best for constipation, magnesium glycinate is neutral, and magnesium threonate is better for neurological issues.
Make sure you consult your doctor before starting a magnesium supplement, especially if you are taking other medications.
Dr. Briana Rueda is currently practicing functional medicine in the Twin Cities area. Learn more about her here.