Magnesium aka The Mineral Goddess
Magnesium (Our favorite!)
Less than 30% of adults in the U.S don’t get enough magnesium a day and around 20% get only half. Before I tell you how important magnesium is, let’s talk about you. Do you experience anxiety, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, muscle spasms, cramps, or eye twitching? These are just some of the symptoms of low levels of magnesium in your body.
Read 4 fast facts about Magnesium below:
1. Magnesium is needed for a properly functioning body.
Magnesium is one of six “macro-minerals”, major minerals needed by the body in larger amounts. The other five major minerals are calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorous and chloride.
It regulates over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Here are a few examples:
-DNA and RNA protection and regulation
-Mineral balance- necessary to maintain cell life.
2. Without it, we would be stuck in a state of contraction.
Magnesium is a macro-mineral, and unlike trace minerals, the body needs magnesium in large amounts. Magnesium plays a critical role for tissues in the bones, muscles, and brain for reducing inflammation and increasing relaxation. This is why people who have low magnesium levels usually suffer from muscle cramps, eye or face twitches.
3. Importance of Calcium and Magnesium together.
Magnesium is often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies. It’s not enough to simply take a supplement every day, however pairing it with other vitamins and minerals will significantly help this. This is where calcium comes in. Calcium does the complete opposite of magnesium. It helps muscles contract where magnesium helps muscles relax. However, too much calcium can have extremely harmful effects on the body, thus making sure you balance out with magnesium is vital. The ratio in order to have a balance of these minerals is, 2:1, 2 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium. This ratio of calcium is a maximum, rather than minimum, and it might vary slightly depending on your needs.
4. What is right for you?
Having one of these issues puts you at a higher risk of having a magnesium deficiency:
• Kidney disease
• Crohn’s Disease or other conditions that affect digestion
• Thyroid problems
• Taking antibiotics or drugs for diabetes or cancer
• Older Adults
• Alcohol abuse
Category Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)
1. 1-3 years 80 mg/day
2. 4-8 years 130 mg/day
3. 9-13 years 240 mg/day
1. 14-18 years 360 mg/day
2. 19-30 years 310 mg/day
3. 31 years and over 320 mg/day
Pregnant Under 19 years: 400 mg/day
1. 19 to 30 years: 350 mg/day
2. 31 years and up: 360 mg/day
1. Under 19 years: 360 mg/day
2. 19 to 30 years: 310 mg/day
3. 31 years and up: 320 mg/day
1. 14-18 years 410 mg/day
2.19-30 years 400 mg/day
3. 31 years and up 420 mg/day
**You can find Magnesium Citrate paired with Calcium in our Thorne Dispensary! (thorne.com/u/purevida)
**Taking a hot bath in Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is another great way to absorb magnesium.
**You can find a detox bath salt blend in our online shop!
Read more about the benefits of Magnesium Oil for topical use on our site!
Below are foods rich in Magnesium, try incorporating them into your diet!