Magnesium a must?

I had heard that magnesium was a supplement we should be taking on the regular, but wanted to do my own research about it before adding it to my roster of vitamins. Through some searching, I found an amazing blog post written on the Goodness Me! blog. I have taken some of the important points I found from the blog post and shared them here, but if you have the time, the full post from Goodness Me! is definitely worth a read!

I wanted to start by mentioning that magnesium helps orchestrate over 325 bodily functions!

Magnesium deficiency can cause any (or all) of these symptoms:

  • Muscle pain and inflammation
  • Muscle spasms or cramps
  • Twitching eye lids
  • Mild depression or anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Restless legs
  • Headaches
  • PMS
  • Difficult relaxing
  • Fatigue
  • Low moods
  • High blood pressure
  • irritability
  • insomnia
  • irregular heartbeat
  • light-sensitive eyes
  • tinnitus
  • hypertension
  • migraines
  • cravings for salt or sugar
  • increased sensitivity to noise
  • low blood pressure
  • osteoporosis

What causes our deficiencies in magnesium?

Two things! The first is that our soils are no longer as rich in nutrients as they used to be due to high-yield crops and pesticides, etc. which in turn causes our produce to be less nutrient rich. The second reason we are deficient is actually because stress and consumption of sugar both deplete our magnesium levels.

How can we get more magnesium?

Naturally speaking, we can increase our magnesium levels by eliminating or reducing the amount of sugar we eat, reducing our stress levels, and then increasing the amount of produce (organic and high in magnesium) that we eat. The other option is to take magnesium supplements.

How much magnesium should I have in a day?

I found this handy chart on Healthline’s website that explains the amount of magnesium you need based on your age and your gender. Check it out! Basically, adults require between 310-420 mg per day.

I hope my summary has been helpful. There is PLENTY more to read about this topic, so I encourage you to check out both the articles I linked in this post.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post! Magnesium is so important especially if you lead an active lifestyle. Is it better to take supplements or to get it through your diet?

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    1. Of course it’s always best to get it naturally, but obviously that isn’t always possible!

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  2. machaj07 says:

    ….”reducing the amount of sugar we eat”?!?! haha I don’t know if I can do that! Thank goodness I”m on the prenatal vitamins 😛 To me, the twitching eyelid thing is annoying! I get that every so often so I wonder if I am low! Or just tired. Either way, interesting post! I know people take magnesium supplements but I wasn’t sure why.

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    1. I have been wanting to take them for a while but knew I wanted to do my research first! Now that I know why people take magnesium, I will definitely be getting supplements for it! My parents both take magnesium and have noted many benefits since taking it.

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  3. lilsanford says:

    Awesome Post! Didn’t realize how much was attributed to magnesium deficiency! Thanks!

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  4. I’ve been on the fence about taking a Magnesium supplement, but perhaps I will give it a try and see if I notice any of the benefits!

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  5. t3chnickel says:

    Natural Calm is a great brand that has a magnesium powder that you can put in your favorite drink as a supplement. Its interesting to see one vitamin like that have such a instrumental role in making sure your body functions at its optimal level.

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    1. That’s the brand that my family uses! It’s our favourite for sure.

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