Magnesium is an essential mineral and is required for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It plays a very important role in bone and cell membranes. Magenesium aids in the body’s absorption of calcium in the body which can help prevent osteoporosis. Studies have shown that most Americans are deficient in the nutrient! Defiency symptoms include muscle cramps, heart arrhythmias, headaches, and acid reflux. Many modern diseases are also closely associated to magnesium deficiencies like hypertension, diabetes, migraines, and asthma. Consumption of soda, coffee and alcohol as well as stress can deplete your magnesium levels.
So, where do we get magnesium?? Foods like pumpkin and squash seeds, nuts, and kelp are high in magnesium but it’s hard to eat enough to reap the benefits. Ideally, we want 400-600 mg a day, but most of us do not get this amount from food sources so a supplement is necessary. Magnesium glycinate and citrate are the most absorbable forms available. I like to supplement my healthy eating with a scoop of Athletic Greens every morning which includes 200 mg of magnesium and 75 other vital nutrients!
Here’s are some major reasons to supplement with magnesium: