magnesium deficiency

Nuts contain good levels of magnesium

ACCORDING to the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey eleven percent of women and 16 percent of men are magnesium deficient. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle weakness, cramps, depression and fatigue. 

Magnesium is very important as it keeps your heart rhythm steady, is vital for healthy bones and teeth, muscle function, the nervous system and the production of ATP. It also has a profound impact on our psychological health.

The figures were even worse for young people, particularly young women, with 51 per cent of girls aged between 11 and 18 thought to have an inadequate intake, compared with 28 per cent of boys.

Our modern eating habits, with their excess salt, coffee and alcohol can also lower our magnesium levels, according to a review of international research by the University of Maryland Medical Centre, as they encourage urination which in turn washes away the mineral. Consumption of low magnesium foods such as commercially prepared baked goods also contribute to deficiencies.

Make sure you include magnesium-rich foods in your diet such as dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish and beans. If you are taking magnesium supplements it is important to take it in an absorbable form and to make sure you are also getting the correct ratio of calcium.