Why Magnesium? And Where to Get It Right?
Magnesium helps maintain the proper levels of other minerals such as calcium, potassium, and zinc. Your heart, muscles, and kidneys all need magnesium to work properly. The mineral also helps build teeth and bones. Some health conditions can lead to magnesium deficiencies, including:
- gastrointestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, and celiac disease
- kidney disease
- stomach viruses that cause vomiting and diarrhea
Drinking too much alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis can affect your magnesium levels as well.
Magnesium needs other minerals to function properly, the most important being calcium. When it's balanced with calcium it can help prevent high blood pressure. Magnesium has also been shown to help things like anxiety, muscle and menstrual cramps, insomnia and even kidney stones.
Natural Sources of Magnesium
- Whole Wheat. Most whole grains are a good source of magnesium, but whole wheat flour wins with 160 mg per cup.
- Almonds, Cashews, and Peanuts.
- Dark Chocolate.
- Black Beans.