Are we getting enough Magnesium in our diets?
A recent study of 2,000 patients all suffering from high blood pressure showed that after just three months of taking a daily 368mg
magnesium supplement their systolic blood pressure reduced by an average of 2mmHg and their diastolic by an average of 1.8mgHg.
It plays such an important such an important role in our body yet it is the number one nutrient deficiency in adults with an estimated 80 percent of us “Not Getting Enough!!”
Magnesium is an important electrolyte that is required for maintaining proper muscle, nerve and enzyme function. It also helps the body use energy.
Magnesium plays an active role in the transportation of important enzymes such as potassium and calcium into and out of cell membranes.
Magnesium is seen as a complementary partner to calcium and they work together to help stabilise blood pressure.
Give that the role of magnesium is so important why is it that is it the number one nutrient deficiency?
There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, some medications can reduce levels these include diuretics, painkillers, antibiotics and cortisone. Secondly, soil depletion reducing the magnesium content in crops and therefore the food we buy and eat.
The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 400-420mg/day for adult men which is equivalent to approx. 2.5 cups of spinach and 310-320mg/day for adult women or equivalent to approx. 2 cups of spinach.
To increase your magnesium intake naturally through diet rather than taking a supplement next time you go shopping look for leafy green vegetables such as spinach or kale. Avocados, most nuts but good sources are almonds and cashews, bananas and saving the best till last dark chocolate!