In high school, one will get to learn about magnesium as a component of hard water. It’s sort of a nasty component of water because it makes the water very difficult to use; it doesn’t make it form lather easily with soap.
But is the case the same in our body? Is Magnesium still a nasty elements in our body? Does the body really need magnesium? May be the case is not the same when Magnesium enters the body.
Magnesium is a mineral that the body need. It helps control our nerves and muscles’ work, keep our bones strong, heart healthy and helps in controlling blood sugar.
An adult woman needs about 310mg of magnesium per day and 320mg after age 30. Pregnant women needs 40mg extra whiles adult men need 400mg and 420mg when older.
Children on the other hand need 30mg – 410mg depending on their age and gender.
Older adults, alcoholics and people with type two diabetes and GI disorders are more likely to have a deficiency.
Our kidneys flush out extra magnesium. Too much magnesium causes cramps or nausea. Too much intake of laxatives or antacids that contains magnesium can cause harm to the body.
It’s Importance In the Body
- Strengthens bones: it protects against bone loss, fractures and osteoporosis. Women with osteoporosis have a deficiency in magnesium.
- Helps fights inflammation:
- Protects the heart; lowers your chances of getting a heart attack and irregular heartbeat. Relaxes the walls of the blood vessels, helping regulate blood pressure.
- Prevents migraine: you are more likely to get migraines if you have a deficiency
- Helps regulates diabetes
- Helps convert food into energy
- Helps in muscle contraction and relaxation
- Regulates neurotransmitters that help send messages across to the brain and nervous system
- Fights depression
Where Do We Get Magnesium
- Nuts and seeds- pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed, peanuts, cashew nuts, flax seed
- Whole grains- wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal
- Green leafy vegetables- spinach, “kontomire”, okro
- Soy products
- Water: has a high mineral content of magnesium
- As a laxative for constipation
- Antacid for acid indigestion
- For bowel preparation prior to surgery or diagnostic procedures.