Magnesium is an essential mineral, but when it comes to knowing if you should get some and how, things can get complicated.
Magnesium is one of the most present mineral in the body. It contributes to the smooth operation of organs and tissues, especially our muscles, heart and brain.
What are the symptoms of a lack of magnesium?
A magnesium deficiency can be characterized by:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep problems
- Muscular spasms (lips, eyelids or cheeks)
- Nocturnal leg cramps
However, to be really sure you are deficient, a bloodwork is necessary.
Where can we find magnesium?
Magnesium is naturally found in cacao (dark chocolate), nuts (cashews, almonds, hazelnuts), wheat, oats, whole grains, dried fruits, beans, seafood (especially shellfish)
When should you take magnesium?
Although you can get your daily recommended amount easily with the correct diet, an added source of magnesium can be useful is you show signs of constipation, fatigue or stress. Magnesium deficiency doesn’t directly cause stress, but worsen it.
Magnesium also helps with muscle recovery. If you tend to feel really sore after exercising, magnesium supplements might help.