12 Healthy Facts About Magnesium and 8 Food Sources

Magnesium has many helpful functions in the body. And this is the start of a series of "Mineral Facts". 

As more posts are added on the topic, you will be able to find them listed below, under this post, under the heading "Mineral Facts".

Here are some Magnesium facts:
  1. About 60% of this mineral is found in our bones
  2. Magnesium is needed so our bodies can metabolize (use) Vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium and sodium.
  3. Take with calcium, it helps the calcium utilize calcium properly, some suggest taking magnesium:calcium in a 1:2 ratio. So if you're taking 250 mg. Calcium, take with 125 mg. Magnesium
  4. Magnesium benefits the bones and teeth.
  5. Consider this mineral if you are having trouble with restless leg syndrome.
  6. Enzymes are important to our bodies, that's a topic for another post. For now, just know that over 300 enzymes are made more useful to the body by magnesium.
  7. Helps with insulin production.
  8. Magnesium comes in different forms, two of the best are Citrate and Malate. 
  9. Magnesium has a relaxing affect on the smooth muscle tissues in the body, which may account for the following benefits:
  10. May reduce the frequency of migraines
  11. May reduce severity of asthma attacks
  12. May help with PMS symptoms
Food Sources for Magnesium:
  1. Green Leafy vegetables (central atom in the chlorophyll molecule)
  2. Figs
  3. Grapefruit (remember, Grapefruit is contraindicated with many meds...visit this link for more information on this)
  4. Apples
  5. Lemons
  6. Peanuts
  7. Whole-Grain Bread
  8. Natural un-refined Cereal
350 mg. is the generally agreed to be the maximum to take in supplement form, this can vary depending upon the individual. Excess amounts may cause diarrhea, start with less and increase if you are concerned.

Updated 11/27/18

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