Erin Stokes, Naturopathic Doctor, MegaFood Medical Director | April 2019
Magnesium is a vital nutrient that’s needed to maintain optimal health.* Having enough magnesium is key to a lot of functions in our bodies.*
In fact, magnesium is involved in the functions of over 300 enzyme systems! It is important for carbohydrate and fat metabolism, nerve impulses, and regulating muscle contractions.* It plays a role in maintaining normal heart rhythms, cardiovascular function, and blood pressure.* If that wasn’t enough, magnesium is also vital for maintaining healthy bones by helping with the assimilation of calcium and vitamin D.*
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Do you get enough magnesium from your diet?
Magnesium is found in both plant and animal foods, such as spinach, black beans, pumpkin seeds, almonds, avocados, brown rice, salmon and more. Sounds like it would be easy to get enough, right? Unfortunately, according to Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., MegaFood Chief Medical Advisor roughly 50% of us aren’t meeting the RDA of magnesium in our diet, which she states in her book Fortify Your Life.1
Magnesium is a macro-mineral, meaning we need it in large quantities (400+ mg each day), as compared to micro-minerals, such as iodine and zinc, which are also vital, but needed in smaller amounts. Making sure we’re getting enough of this important mineral can be tricky. In addition to low dietary intake of magnesium, there are other factors that may affect magnesium levels!
(Check with your healthcare practitioner to find out if you are at risk).
Supplementation from a trusted source
Strive to include more foods in your daily diet that are rich in magnesium, and add a supplement for convenience if you aren’t able to meet your needs through diet alone. In her book Fortify Your Life, Dr. Low Dog recommends 200 to 300 mg of supplemental magnesium each day for most people.
Because it supports muscle relaxation, taking a magnesium supplement in the evening before bed can be a good time to make sure you’re getting enough each day.*
Where you get your nutritional supplements from matters, too. At MegaFood, we take our minerals (and vitamins, and herbs!) seriously and obsess over every detail. Glyphosate? Our entire line is certified glyphosate residue free. Gluten, dairy, soy? You won’t be getting any of those, either. What you will be getting is a yeast-bound magnesium complex, providing you not only with magnesium, but with the other health promoting compounds found in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, commonly known as nutritional yeast. (Curious how our supplements are made? You can check out our live cams here!)
Be sure to work closely with your healthcare practitioner if you’re on any medications, or want more information about determining if magnesium is right for your individual needs.
Try this amazing Strawberry Mango Spinach Smoothie, made with fresh strawberries, frozen mango, and magnesium-filled baby spinach.
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