There are fifteen essential minerals required by our bodies to function properly. These can be divided into “trace minerals”, those required in very small amounts, and “macro-minerals” or “major minerals”, those required in larger amounts.
The six major minerals required in excess of 250 mg per day include:
The body needs these minerals on a regular basis as it cannot manufacture them.
The ones we talk about the most are calcium and potassium. But let’s talk about magnesium.
Low magnesium intake has been linked to risk factors for:
High blood pressure
Issues of heart health
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle cramps or tremors, irregular heart beat, fatigue, confusion, and irritability.
The benefits of Magnesium:
An important factor in muscle relaxation and heart health
Allows nerves to send messages in the brain and nervous system
Aids and regulates the body’s use of calcium and other minerals
Assists in bone and teeth formation
Regulates the metabolism of nutrients such as protein, nucleic acids, fats and carbohydrates
Regulates cholesterol production and helps modulate insulin
Assists in energy production
Healthy magnesium levels have been linked to lowered blood pressure, reduced incidence of type II diabetes, emergency migraine treatment, reduced symptoms of asthma, and improved memory.
Conditions that can be improved due to increased magnesium levels are:
muscle spasms and muscle cramps
bowel movement regularity
restless leg syndrome
I have started to take magnesium for about two weeks now and I have noticed a difference in my back. After I do certain things I notice a tightness in my back and sometimes feel like it might spasm again but the magnesium seems to be helping with that. I hope to see a difference in restless leg syndrome as time goes on.
Do you take any mineral supplements?
Do you take magnesium regularly?