Magnesium Supplement

Written by Jenni Wiltz
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A magnesium supplement can be an important part of your dietary regimen. If you suspect you have a magnesium deficiency, it might have been caused by a lack of magnesium in the diet, an excessive loss of magnesium through urine, or a stomach disorder that prevents full absorption of dietary magnesium. Diabetes and high alcohol consumption can increase a loss of magnesium through urine.

Magnesium deficiency symptoms include depression, muscle cramps, fatigue, headaches, sleep disorders, accelerated heart rate, and seizures. If you have low levels of calcium or potassium, a deficiency of magnesium may be related. As much as 95% of the population may be deficient in magnesium, so it's important to evaluate your own status and look for the right supplement if you feel you're a part of that statistic.

A Balanced Diet and a Magnesium Supplement

Fruits and vegetables and leafy greens can boost your tally of dietary magnesium. Five servings a day is recommended for optimal mineral intake. As a busy working woman, it's very difficult for me to fulfill this recommendation. I know that I need to take a magnesium supplement to help get the full recommended daily allowance of 310 mg (the recommendations vary by sex and age, so be sure to research the category that applies to you).

Current research shows that magnesium might be a factor in keeping your blood pressure regulated. A low-sodium, low-fat diet can help, accompanied by plenty of magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Another study indicates that your risk of hypertension could be lowered with a greater magnesium intake.

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