Magnesium Benefits

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Getting all your essential vitamins and minerals every day is vital to feeling good and living your life at an optimum level. The food you eat should provide you with the many nutrients you need. A vitamin supplement or multivitamin can also help meet your daily vitamin and mineral needs. What about the lesser-known yet still critical vitamins and minerals? Magnesium is one of those minerals that people might know less about, but it remains a significant part of your body’s health.

Remember to consult your healthcare provider before taking any vitamin or multivitamin supplements.

What is magnesium?

Magnesium is a plentiful mineral in the human body and is also present in many foods, including:

  • Dairy, such as yogurt and cow’s milk
  • Fish, especially salmon, and halibut
  • Beans and legumes, such as black beans, kidney beans, and peanuts
  • Leafy greens, like spinach, collard greens, and kale
  • Seeds and nuts, for example, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, and chia seeds
  • Whole grains, like oatmeal, brown rice, and whole-grain bread

What are the benefits?

This mineral helps the body produce proteins, bones, and DNA. It plays a role in maintaining blood sugar and blood pressure while also maintaining activity in the nerves, muscles, and cardiovascular system. This electrolyte also assists in establishing communication between cells in the nervous system. Since the nervous system primarily controls sleep, some medical professionals believe our magnesium levels impact how much and how well we sleep.

Does magnesium help you sleep?

There are some studies that suggest that magnesium can improve sleep. In 2021, researchers examined oral magnesium supplement effects on insomnia in older people. The scientists found the participant group who received a magnesium supplement felt sleepy over 17 minutes quicker than the group who received a placebo. Furthermore, although the statistic is insignificant, the magnesium-supplement group’s total sleep time increased by just over 16 minutes. A different 2021 study points out that magnesium deficiency may cause restless leg syndrome, which can hinder achieving good sleep.

Should you take a supplement?

Doctors indicate that you can get enough magnesium by eating a healthy and balanced diet. Some supplements may affect certain medications. Before taking any supplement, you should ask your healthcare provider to test you for any deficiencies. Together, you can determine whether more magnesium or any other vitamin or mineral, is needed and how best to approach the lack of nutrients.

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About Joey Hinojosa

Joey Hinojosa graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in mass communications. He began working at Empower Brokerage in early 2022 and enjoys being creative in his writing, photography, videography, and other projects.

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