Magnesium; also known as Mg with atomic number 12, is the ninth most abundant element in the universe, but did you know it is the second most abundant element inside human cells and essential to over 300 metabolic processes?
It is estimated that 50% of Americans are deficient in Magnesium. Chronically low levels of magnesium are associated with metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and osteoporosis. Deficiencies in diet, alcohol abuse, and proton pump inhibitors (acid reflux meds) can all lead to low levels of magnesium.
So how do you combat this? Well Popeye had the right idea… Spinach! Plus, a variety of other foods such as bananas, kale, dark leafy greens, some fatty fish including salmon, mackerel, and halibut, whole grains such as oats and barley and quinoa, seeds such as flax and chia, legumes such as beans and lentils, nuts such as almonds and cashews, avocados, and my personal favorite: dark chocolate!
Eating a colorful array of foods is not only delicious but important to ensure you meet your body’s needs. If you find you struggle to do this on a daily basis, consider supplementing with a chelated magnesium or magnesium glycinate.
Besides avoiding some very negative health issues, you may find you reap the benefits of increasing your magnesium intake which include improved sleep quality, heightened cognitive function, better muscle recovery and amped up sport performance.