Say hello to your new mineral bff, Magnesium. Magnesium is the seventh most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, yet the British Medical Journal (BMJ) estimates that “over 80% of Americans consume less than the requirement.” While magnesium is required for the functioning of over 300 essential metabolic reactions, including energy production, blood pressure regulation, nerve signal transmission, and muscle contraction, it remains one of the most ignored causes of various ailments.
Low levels of magnesium have been linked to mood disorders, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, migraines autoimmune flares, asthma and colon cancer. Not pretty stuff.Some of the best food sources of magnesium are almonds, avocados, black beans, oats, pumpkin seeds, fish, leafy greens and chocolate (good news!) While eating a balanced diet full of foods that provide great sources of magnesium is one of the most effective ways to up your magnesium, it’s not always possible to fully make up the deficit. That’s where some supplementation can come into play. If you (like most people) find that you need a boost, read on for a breakdown of five different ways magnesium can be a game-changer in your overall wellness. (As always, be sure to consult with your primary care physician before changing up your supplements! You can overdo it with magnesium. Read here and here for more info on how to keep your minerals balanced.) featured image: dagny image: outdoorvoices