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Magnesium – What Role Does it Play in Your Body?


What is magnesium?

Magnesium is a mineral, which has a role in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Some of the functions of magnesium are:

– Maintain normal nerve and muscle function

– Maintain a steady heartbeat

– Help with function of the immune system

– Help bones remain strong

– Has been shown to help reduce the frequency of migraines

– Have a positive effect on mood and cognitive performance

How do I get it?

There are many dietary sources of magnesium. These include:

– Dark green, leafy green vegetables (think spinach, kale, and collard or mustard greens)

– Nuts and seeds (such as almonds and cashews), and legumes

– Whole grains (such as brown rice or millet)

– Milk

Sometimes, it can be tricky to get enough magnesium through your diet. In some cases, use of a magnesium supplement for a short time can be helpful. Always chat to your healthcare provider or a pharmacist for more information before taking.


Jemimah Nicholson

This post was written by Dr Jemimah Nicholson.

You can find out more about Jemimah here or book an appointment with her here.

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