Magnesium is a mineral that is extremely important to your health as it is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body! 50%of our magnesium is stored in bones, the other 49% is stored in cells and tissues, and 1% resides in our blood. With only 1% in our blood, a standard blood serum magnesium test that most MD's order is highly inaccurate and a red blood cell magnesium test is the way to go; this test looks for magnesium within red blood cells. 80% of the population is deficient in this mineral and deficiency can cause a host of symptoms .
Some of these symptoms are:
back and neck pain
muscle weakness and cramping
restless leg syndrome
irregular heart rythm
menopause type symptoms
If you don't have any of these symptoms it is still wise to get adequate magnesium because it supports the nervous system, increases collagen in the body, protects teeth and bones, prevents constipation and heart attacks, keeps muscles functioning optimally, controls asthma, assists in energy production, and regulates mood. If anything is tight; be it muscles, ligaments, or even your mood; magnesium can help!
If you are dealing with a chronic illness or under stress, the body uses up its stores of magnesium much faster and in the case of Lyme disease, some symptoms are lessened or remedied by adding magnesium or increasing magnesium intake.
Magnesium can be supplemented through food and supplements and the recommended daily dose is 400mg or more. If taking a supplement, 400-1000mg per day is a good place to start. The best food sources include greens, particularly collards and chard. orange colored fruits, nuts, cacao, figs, apricots, coconut, oats, beans, and legumes.
I hope you will consider increasing the magnesium in your diet for balanced health and wellbeing!
It is always best to inquire with your healthcare provider when starting a new supplement. This information is not meant to replace that of your medical doctor or practitioner.