Actually, we need quite a bit of magnesium, as it is vital to our bodies. It is one of the seven macro-minerals that are essential to bodily functions. This group also includes calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulfur, and all need to be consumed in relatively large amounts each day.
About 100 milligrams (mg) of magnesium per day can help prevent problems with bones, cardiovascular issues, and diabetes, to mention a few benefits. Magnesium helps your bones assimilate calcium and activate vitamin D in your kidneys, and taking magnesium at about 100 -200 mg every day will lower your risk of osteoporosis, and help to prevent arterial calcification and kidney stones. It will also help you to relax.
Some foods to eat that contain magnesium include many nuts and seed; black beans and other legumes; avocado, bananas and raspberries; many green vegetables; salmon and tuna, and… wait for it… dark chocolate. Of course, taken in as food, you also get all the good stuff that makes magnesium absorb well.
If you don’t think you get enough magnesium in your food, it comes in many forms, and you can click here for a chart that explains the functions of each. Then you can choose the one that is best suited to you.
We have many of those choices at Medicine World, in single forms and as combinations with other minerals and vitamins. If you need help choosing, come see me – I am happy to help!