Magnesium is a mineral supplement that can help to reduce pain, especially of the inflammatory and arthritic variety. It is found naturally in green, leafy (cruciferous) vegetables, almost all varieties of nuts, beans and seeds and certain dairy products.
Magnesium deficiency has been linked to a lot of ailments over the years. These include: obesity, diabetes, migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
The mineral is also credited to helping with sleep rhythms and may help you to sleep better as a result.
A few facts about magnesium
- It promotes muscle relaxation.
- It is essential for energy production and nerve functions.
- Along with calcium, it is involved in the formation of teeth and bones as well as the clotting of blood and other aspects of circulation.
How much magnesium to take
How much you take per day depends on many factors including your age, gender and body weight. If you check with your doctor, he or she will be able to tell you the exact amount you need. The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) is between 300 and 500 mg per day, on average.
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Possible side effects include diarrhoea and nausea. You may also notice an increase in fatigue/lethargy, confusion, and difficulty in breathing. However, side effects from magnesium are usually very slight and the benefits often outweigh the risks of using this product.
Regardless, before adding any vitamin, mineral or herbal supplement to your daily diet, you should do two things:
1. Check with your doctor or other health care practitioner, as it may interact with your prescription medication and/or conditions.
2. Read labels before buying. It’s best to steer clear of fillers and chemicals if at all possible. Not all supplements are created equal.