How it helps
■ A necessary part of more than 300 chemical reactions that take place in the body.
■ Helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, strengthens bones and strengthens the immune system.
■ A vital catalyst in energy production for the body.
■ Helps in premenstrual syndrome.
■ Helps prevent the calcification of soft tissue.
Where magnesium can be found
Magnesium is in most foods especially dairy products, fish, meat and seafood.
What are the signs of deficiency?
Confusion, insomnia, irritability, poor digestion and rapid heartbeat.
■ The consumption of alcohol, use of diuretics, diarrhea and high levels of zinc and vitamin D all increase the body’s need for magnesium.
■ The consumption of cod liver oil, calcium and fats decrease magnesium absorption.
■ Fat soluble vitamins also inhibit the absorption of magnesium.