I often get asked by patients, do I need magnesium supplements.
So, lets get some knowledge about this amazing mineral called Magnesium!
What is Magnesium and how does it help us?
Magnesium is a essential nutrient that is involved in more than 300 essential reactions. It’s mostly used for energy production in the ATP cycle and enzyme activation. Magnesium also plays a key role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important for nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, vasomotor tone and normal heart rhythm. It also plays a role in metabolic utilization of vitamins that are crucial for wellbeing.
Why having Magnesium deficiency is Not good for us?
Magnesium deficiency can have multiple symptoms that can mimic a variety of conditions. Usual symptom are sore muscle spasms and cramps, agitation, irritability, lethargy, low stress tolerance and also asleep disturbances.
There are more severe symptom that require medical attention such as low potassium/ calcium, arrythmias and various metabolic and pregnancy related complications.
How can we get magnesium from our diet?
I usually advise a variety of natural foods that contains magnesium to be included in patient’s diet.
(These are also my favorites)
- Avocado- my favorite
- Green leafy vegetable especially spinach and kale
- Nuts and seeds- my personal favorites are almonds and brazil nuts
- Salmon- sustainably sourced
- Cacao- can be used to create a variety of healthy deserts
Most people can get required amount of magnesium from diet, but there may be few that need supplements to top up .There are many variety of magnesium supplements out there, please check with your health professional on the dosage and duration of treatment (these will differ based on symptoms and laboratory testing-if required)
Hope this is helpful for you to start enjoying the benefit of the miracle mineral called magnesium!
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Dr Ashwini is a GP interested in Nutrition and Wellness, she thrives to help her patients achieve good health via lifestyle modifications in addition to conventional medicine where possible. This blog is her compilation of thoughts on multiple subjects close to her.
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