Magnesium is a mineral that is found in soy products, seeds, whole grains, and most leafy green vegetables. Magnesium is needed by every cell in our bodies and is needed by over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Athletes love Magnesium because it helps:
• Keep Our Heart Rhythm Steady • Keep Out Bones Strong • Maintain Our Muscle and Nerve Functions • Relive Tight Sore Muscles • Prevents Cramping
Magnesium deficiency is rare to find in the US even though reports show different. Magnesium deficiency usually occurs if a person has some kind of gastrointestinal disorder or is losing an excessive amount of magnesium in their urine. Some signs of being deficient can be loss of appetite, depression, muscle cramps, and abnormal heartbeats.
Magnesium should be taken with a good multivitamin/mineral with meals several times a day. An amount of 300-500 mg should be taken by males and 200-400 mg should be taken by females. If a woman is pregnant, it is recommended that she bump up the dose by perhaps 50mg or so.
Caffeine, high intakes of fat, and sugar may hinder the absorption of Magnesium. Magnesium is very safe even in higher dosages but should not be taken by people with kidney problems.