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Magnesium

The Power of Magnesium

I recently sat through a podcast from an amazing woman named Dr. Rhonda Patrick. It was a 2 hour event that covered a whole host of subjects from the benefits of using a sauna to why we need supplements but what struck me most was how she explained just how important the mineral Magnesium is to us and how a lack of it effects our health.

According to Dr. Patrick being deficient in Magnesium in the long term is in a way similar to smoking in that the symptoms don’t show up right away but over a lifetime it will cause a whole host of problems in later life. Magnesium is also vital in the repair of DNA and fighting cancer.

She also states that in studies she has done, Going by their BMIs people who are lean have much greater levels of Magnesium and their cells repair quicker than people who are overweight/obese due to the difference in diet.

Magnesium at a glance

Magnesium is an essential mineral that the body can only obtain through food. It helps metabolize carbohydrates and fat, and synthesize protein and DNA. It also helps the body heal. Magnesium can be found in whole grains, green leafy vegetables, legumes, salmon, and certain fruits.

Magnesium is an essential mineral for humans. Since your body doesn’t produce it, you must obtain it through food (or supplements). Magnesium is found primarily in the skeleton, but also in skeletal muscle and inside/outside of cells. Nearly 300 essential metabolic reactions rely on magnesium.

IMPORTANCE

Magnesium has many functions in the body including:

  • Assisting in carbohydrate metabolism
  • Assisting in fat metabolism
  • DNA and protein synthesis
  • Activating transport of ions across cell membranes
  • Phosphorylation of second messengers
  • Cell migration and wound healing.

FOOD SOURCES

Magnesium can be found in several foods including:

  • Whole grains
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Soy beans
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Apricots
  • Cashews
  • Lima beans
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Salmon
  • Halibut
  • Navy beans
  • Black beans.
Finally according to Dr. Patrick we should all be aiming for roughly 500mg of magnesium per day. I have checked my levels and through my supplementation alone I am sitting at roughly 450mg per day meaning I only need around 50mg from the foods provided above.
Hope this helps.
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