By: Dr. Masoud Esfahani
Why is Magnesium Important?
Often times, we see advertisements about vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, D, A and the most popular mineral- Iron. Like these substances, Magnesium has the same level of importance, in fact, we need about 310 to as much as 420 mg daily, depending on age and gender, to maintain our health. Magnesium is a mineral that has a vital role in our body. It is needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions. The following are just some of the roles and benefits of Magnesium:
- It maintains normal nerve and muscle function
- It maintains normal heartbeat
- It supports our immune system
- Aids in the production of energy and protein
- Helps maintain blood glucose level
- It keeps the bones strong
- Prevents migraine
The amount of magnesium needed of the body depends on age and gender. For adult women, they need about 310 mg of magnesium daily but after the age of 30 it increases to 320. In case of pregnancy the doctor will recommend an extra 40 mg. With regards to men under the age of 31, they need about 400 mg and and increase to 420 for men who are older. For our children, it is best to consult your pediatrician before giving any supplements because it varies from 30 to 410 depending on their age and gender.
It is important to get the right amount of Magnesium daily. Due to lack of awareness of this mineral, some who doesn’t get enough of this increase their risk of having health issues which includes Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension and develops migraines. However, too much intake of this will also lead to kidney-related conditions, cramps or nausea. Just like any other supplements, balance is the key. Here are some Magnesium containing foods:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Seeds(e.gpumpkin, sunflower, peacan)
- Soy products
- Whole grains
Start adding these foods in your diet and get the magnesium that you need to maintain your body’s health. Always note that before taking any supplements, consult your doctor in order for you to avoid unwanted reactions. Magnesium is also helpful in maintaining skin and hair’s health and to know more about this, our experts are willing to help you give Art of Facial Rejuvenation a call at 647-879-9181.