Magnesium and why we need it

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and wondered why your legs are a bit achy? Well, there could be a myriad of reasons why you are having those symptoms. One of which may be a deficiency in magnesium. 

What many people do not realize is that they are not getting the essential nutrients in their daily regimen of food, so that doesn't translate well to the human body. If you are not getting the proper nutrients this could be cause you to have a lack of minerals that your body normally would need.

One mineral that is so very important is zinc and many are deficient in zinc and don't even realize it. Along with zinc, magnesium is an essential mineral that the body needs. Magnesium is considered to be a macro mineral unlike that of trace minerals.

Magnesium helps with protein synthesis, blood glucose control, muscle and nerve function and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium is required for glycolysis and energy production. There are many foods that contain magnesium but so many individuals do not get the recommended amount of magnesium on a daily basis. The recommended amount of magnesium is 450 mg (depending on age weight and health, as pregnant women may not need 450 mg).  The average american is not getting what they need to have this essential macro mineral. Not to mention magnesium plays a role in transporting calcium and potassium across cell membranes.

If you are wondering what you need to eat in regard to food to get magnesium, here are a few tips taken from the National Institutes of Health: 

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