Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral found in dark, leafy green vegetables, quinoa, brown rice, fish, beans and lentils, avocados, nuts and seeds.
Magnesium is involved in over 300 metabolic processes in the body. It lowers the risk of stroke and diabetes and promotes normal heart rhythm and muscle contraction. It also reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 13 percent.
Magnesium is high in anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is necessary for the proper transportation of calcium across cell membranes.
Signs of Deficiency
From NaturalSociety.com, here are 16 signs of magnesium deficiency:
- Calcium deficiency
- Poor heart health
- Muscle cramps
- High blood pressure
- Type II diabetes
- Respiratory issues
- Potassium deficiency
- Difficulty swallowing
- Poor memory
Magnesium levels that are too high or too low can be dangerous.
Too much magnesium can cause diarrhea and cramping, weakness, nausea, loss of appetite and change in a person’s mental state. There is a greater risk of toxicity for people with kidney failure who cannot eliminate enough magnesium.
Kroner, Zina. “Magnesium.” Vitamins and Minerals. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2011. 339-47. Print.