Magnesium is involved in hundreds of important body functions. It plays a role in neuromuscular transmission, muscle contraction, in keeping the heart rhythm steady, in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fat and in energy production. Together with calcium, magnesium is essential for building and maintaining bones and teeth.
Magnesium is found in whole grain cereal, nuts and seeds, legumes, seafood, green vegetables, corn, dairy products, meat, tofu and chocolate.
Fortified cereals are not a good source of magnesium.
|Approximate Magnesium Content|
A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D may reduce the absorption of magnesium.
Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
Recommended average daily nutrient intake that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97 to 98%) healthy individuals in each age and gender group. The RDA should only be used as a guide for daily individual intake.
Some medications, such as diuretics, may increase the elimination of magnesium. A magnesium-rich diet is therefore recommended.
Magnesium deficiency is rare. It is characterized by a loss of appetite, confusion, depression, diabetes, weakness, hypertension, heart problems, reduced sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, tetany and tremors.
Magnesium toxicity is rare. It is characterized by a reduced heart rate, diarrhea, reduced reflexes, weakness, reduced blood pressure and drowsiness.
When taking magnesium-containing antacids or laxatives over a prolonged period, it is important to respect the maximum doses.
An individual supplement is not necessary. Taking a multivitamin that contains minerals is preferable.
Supplements should be taken with food to reduce the risk of diarrhea. Caution is recommended for people with kidney failure taking supplements as any surplus will be eliminated by the kidneys.
Watch what you eat. Diet has a significant impact on health!
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