Magnesium, an important nutrient Magnesium, an important nutrient

Magnesium is the fourth most commonly found mineral in the body; if our bodies do not have enough of it, they will not function at their best. 

According to the webpage MedlinePlus, some of the benefits of this mineral are that it keeps the muscles and nerves healthy, supports the immune system, keeps the heart beating consistently and helps the bones stay strong.

Magnesium also regulates the level of glucose in our blood and our production of energy and protein. According to The Lancet, a medical journal, consuming more amounts of magnesium is highly correlated to reducing symptoms of asthma.

Some of the warning signs that a person is not getting enough magnesium include muscle cramping, limbs that fall asleep, migraines, constipation, arrhythmia, depression, sleeping problems, high blood pressure, joint pain and chronic fatigue. If you experience some of these symptoms see a doctor for advice and increase your intake of foods with high magnesium contents, such as:

  • Cocoa: pure and bitter chocolate
  • Dark, green leafy vegetables: chard, lettuce and spinach
  • Fruits: bananas, avocados, peaches and plums
  • Nuts and seeds: almonds and other tree nuts
  • Legumes: pinto beans and lentils
  • Grains: brown rice and oats