Did you know that our bodies contain only one ounce of the trace mineral magnesium but it accounts for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body?
Signs of Magnesium Deficiency:
Besides the above symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include disorientation, depression, tingling, numbness, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms in addition to muscle spasms and cramps.
Another tip - If your highly allergic to poison ivy or poison oak you may have deficeincy in magnesium!
Food High in Magnesium:
These include artichokes, barley, broccoli, buckwheat, oat bran, almonds, fish, seafood, kelp, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, black beans, white beans, pumpkin seeds, raw chocolate (cacao), spinach and organic cornmeal.
Best Source of Magnesium Supplements:
Take the chelated form of magnesium, such as magnesium citrate, glycinate or malate. This form is absorbed best by your body. It is even better absorbed when taken with calcium and vitamin C. Note that magnesium is unually NOT in most multi-vitamins.
Another way to get magnesium is to take an
epsom salt bath. Epsom salt is a form a magnesium that can be aborbed through the skin.
Recommended dosage of Magnesium:
The current RDA, 350 mg. per day, is considered to be sufficient but there is mounting evidence that this figure is lower than optimal intake.
This 7 minute video by Dr. Mark Hyman is packed with information on magnesium!
WARNING: People who have kidney or heart problems should supplement magnesium only under medical supervision.
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