The Importance of Magnesium

Magnesium is an extremely important mineral, and Americans aren’t getting enough of it. Magnesium is a mineral that also functions as an electrolyte. We often hear about how important electrolytes are when sports drinks are advertised to us as containing them. They basically make possible all the electrical activity in your body that keeps you alive. Magnesium is involved in hundreds of processes in the body, so being deficient in it can cause a myriad of problems. Jaime Garcia Dias (wordpress) knows that symptoms of such a deficiency can run the gamut from weakness, muscle cramps, tremors, anxiety, fatigue and dizziness up to things like poor heart health and high blood pressure.

Certainly it is important that we get all the vitamins and minerals our body requires, but magnesium, as the fourth most abundant mineral in our bodies, is definitely one of the more important ones. It is, of course, hard to peg a specific symptom as being a result of a magnesium deficiency as deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals can produce similar symptoms. The safest strategy is just to ensure we get enough by being sure to include magnesium rich foods in our daily diet. There are excellent natural sources of magnesium. It is available in brown rice, almonds and sunflower seeds. One of the least desirable sources for a finicky eater may be spinach and one of the best has got to be chocolate. Yes, that’s right; that chocolate craving may actually be a magnesium craving.

Categories: Minerals,Vitamins