Magnesium's many roles in the body include the proper functioning of the muscles, the maintenance of normal bones and teeth and normal psychological function.
Magnesium food sources
Dark green leafy vegetables such as cabbage, spinach and Brussel sprouts are all rich in magnesium. Fish, eggs, avocado, beetroot, cocoa, seeds and nuts are all great sources of magnesium too. However, the levels of magnesium found in a typical UK diet are poor due to food choices, as well as modern intensive farming and food preparation - which together have resulted in reduced levels of magnesium in foods.
Magnesium contributes to:
- A reduction of tiredness and fatigue
- Normal functioning of the nervous system
- Electrolyte balance
- Normal protein synthesis
- Normal energy-yielding metabolism
- Maintenance of normal bones and teeth
Natural way to relax
Meet food producers from your local area - ask them about their produce, what is in season (and therefore at its best) and what growing practices they use. If you can’t visit a local farmers market, some supermarkets have a good magnesium section and frequently run special offers.
Did you know?
- Magnesium is the eighth most common element in the earth’s crust and is an essential component of chlorophyll in plants, which means any green leafy vegetable will contain magnesium.
- Almost 70% of the body’s supply of magnesium is found in the bones and teeth.