Magnesium plays a part in over 300 reactions in the human body! It is an essential mineral to our function, however, it is common for most adults to miss the mark on consuming enough on a consistent basis.
Magnesium is usually consumed in larger amounts compared to other minerals. Typically, 100mg per day is adequate for the average adult but consuming 200-300 mg would surely satisfy what your body requires and can utilize.
The benefits of magnesium include:
•Blood sugar control
•Healthy blood pressure levels
•Improved immune system function
•Regulates your stress response
•Healthy bones and bone formation
•Muscle and nervous system function
•Improvements in anxiety and migraines
As a supplement, magnesium is offered in many forms. This includes Magnesium Bisglycinate which is high on the list. It’s a very effective form of magnesium that is better absorbed by the body. The supplementation of magnesium isn’t a requirement but it could be a great dietary addition if you want to better meet your needs. Typically, magnesium comes in pill or powder form. Thorne, for example, sells a Magnesium Bisglycinate powder.
Calorie tracking and understanding your own nutrition will help you see how much you may or may not be missing the mark on magnesium. Examples of food that contain above average amounts of magnesium include:
•Nuts (Cashews, Almonds, etc)
It is important to mention that certain medications and excessive alcohol consumption can interfere with healthy magnesium levels. If you feel you may be falling short, supplementation could be an option. Speak with your doctor and be sure that supplementation is appropriate and beneficial.. Magnesium offers many benefits and could very well be right for you!
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Michael has been working with clients in the gym and countless adults in a physical therapy setting since 2013. He spent 3 semesters working at Towson University with student-athletes from nearly every sport at the school. He served as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Kennard-Dale High School during the 2019-2020 school year. His goal is to always get better and give you the safest and most effective use of your time at First Capital Gym.