Magnesium Levels and what you need to know

First, what is magnesium and what does it do for our bodily functions?

Magnesium is an important mineral we need for our bodies as it helps for maintaining our metabolism and nervous system.  It helps with electrical stability of the heart, and effective for migraines, helps regulate glucose levels and vitamin D levels.

According to the National Institute of Health, most Americans do not get adequate amounts of magnesium.   Certain foods like whole grains, nuts, fish, legumes and fruits contain magnesium. However, many people will benefit from taking a magnesium supplement.   

Taking a magnesium supplements has been shown to help improve athletic performance, and help with insomnia and restless leg syndrome.


Here are 4 symptoms to tell if your magnesium levels are low

1. Leg cramps
2. Body Tension
3. Your eyelids are twitching
4. Constant fatigue and nervousness

And here are some of the conditions that deplete magnesium levels. 

1. Alcohol abuse

2. Diabetes

3. Diseases of the digestive tract

4. Medications such as Nexium and Prilosec.

So what magnesium levels are needed?

The recommended daily intake of magnesium is 300 milligrams to 400 milligrams for adults.  But unless you are deficient, you might limit your daily intake to around 300 mg.

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