What is magnesium ?

Magnesium is one of the minerals essential to the proper functioning of our body, participating in more than 300 biochemical reactions. In particular, it is involved in the transformation of food into energy, the formation of bones and teeth and the relaxation of muscles, the transmission of nerve impulses, the plasticity of the brain, anti-inflammatory and the fight against stress…

However, the human body does not produce it, so we have to get it from our food.

Magnesium deficiency :

The first symptoms of magnesium deficiency are loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

More severe forms of deficiency have impacts on the body such as :

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Digestive disorders
  • Muscle pain
  • Spasmophilia
  • Stress

 What are the sources of magnesium ?  

Magnesium can be found in food supplements (in the form of ampoules, capsules) and in the following foods

  • Wholegrain cereals (preferable to refined cereals which are low in magnesium)
  • Nigari salt
  • Pure cocoa, dark chocolate
  • Dried fruits such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts
  • Spinach
  • Certain mineral waters
  • Legumes such as chickpeas, white beans,
  • Bananas
  • avocados

What is the daily intake of magnesium ?

Studies have shown that the Western diet is 50% lower in magnesium than the recommended daily intake.

The recommended daily intake of magnesium is 420 mg for men and 360 mg for women. This intake can be increased in the case of athletes or pregnant women, for example.

What are the benefits of magnesium for endometriosis ?

In the context of endometriosis, magnesium has relaxing and soothing properties, as it plays a role in relaxing the muscles. It is also a natural anti-stress agent, which helps to relieve abdominal cramps.

Other trace elements that complement magnesium for endometriosis are zinc, calcium and manganese.

What are the side effects of magnesium ? 

If you take too much magnesium, make sure you regulate your intake, as this can cause diarrhoea and nausea.

Magnesium is not recommended when prescribed antibiotics, as it can reduce the effects of the latter, especially for drugs treating osteoporosis or high blood pressure.

It is strongly advised to consult your doctor before taking magnesium supplements at the same time as medication.

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Conclusion 

Having a sufficient intake of magnesium is essential for your health, as its properties are multiple: anti-inflammatory virtues, promotes the proper development of the foetus, reduces insulin resistance, can lower blood pressure, helps the functioning of the nervous system, relieves premenstrual syndromes, …

Favouring foods rich in magnesium, or taking magnesium cures to supplement your diet can be beneficial to your well-being and balance!

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