Magnesium – The Great Relaxer Mineral

Magnesium is required for optimal function of muscles and nerves so you can understand why we need adequate amounts to relax.

Magnesium is required for over 300 enzyme systems that regulate biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, energy production, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. It contributes to the structural development of bone and makes your bones and tendons stronger.

An adult body contains approximately 25 grams of magnesium, with approximately 60% present in the bones – yes magnesium makes our bones strong! Less than 1% of total body magnesium is in the blood serum and this makes blood tests an inaccurate way to check if you have enough magnesium in your body.

Foods high in magnesium

Foods high in magnesium include:

  • almonds
  • spinach
  • dark green leafy vegetables
  • avocado
  • cashews
  • peanuts
  • soy milk

If your muscles are tight, your blood pressure is high, your sleep is poor and you feel restless, you may be low in magnesium.