What’s the Deal with Magnesium?
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and it is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions necessary for normal body function. Magnesium plays a role in muscle and nerve function, blood sugar regulation, blood pressure regulation, proper bone formation, liver detoxification and DNA replication. This makes magnesium a very important nutrient! While magnesium deficiencies are rare, it is estimated that American adults only get about 66% of their daily need of magnesium. This is likely the result of our reliance on processed foods, which do not provide adequate levels of nutrients in general.
There are many foods that naturally contain magnesium and these are ones in the top ten:
- Black beans
- Sesame seeds
- Whole wheat
Magnesium supplements can benefit certain health conditions, but taking too much magnesium can affect the function of other minerals in the body such as potassium and calcium and cause other side effects. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor at Arizona Natural Medicine to review your health history and determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs.