What is it?
Magnesium is a very big deal to your body, because it is needed in so many different ways! It’s an essential mineral, and adults need to get around 300-400 milligrams of it each day — yet many of us fall short of this. When you see below what magnesium does, you may just ask yourself if you might be one of those people not getting enough magnesium from your diet.
Where is it from?
Nuts, seeds, beans, cocoa, whole grains (and especially their bran), dairy foods, veggies (especially broccoli and leafy greens), and dried fruit are some of the best sources of magnesium. How does this sound — a bean-and-brown rice burrito in a whole-grain tortilla topped with nutty molé sauce (molé contains cocoa and nuts or seeds like sesame or peanuts) and garnished with yogurt and some fresh spinach?
Did you notice that this magnesium-rich meal also provides a lot of beneficial dietary fiber? It’s no accident, because magnesium and fiber really like to share the ride in healthy foods. Many dietary supplements also provide specialized forms of magnesium.
What does it do?
Where to start?
- In the body, making new cells takes DNA as well as energy — and magnesium helps create both of these important ingredients for daily living.
- Magnesium seems to help cells use carbohydrates in a healthy way, as long as you get enough of it.
- In the brain and nerves, and, interestingly, in the intestines, magnesium helps build specialized chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, which carry crucial information to every cell in the body.