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Magnesium always seems to play second fiddle to the more popular mineral calcium, yet magnesium is involved in hundreds of essential metabolic reactions. Without magnesium your body couldn’t produce energy or build bone, you wouldn’t be able to regulate your blood sugar, and your muscles (including your heart) wouldn’t work. Yep, it’s pretty important stuff, but it is estimated that 68% of American adults don’t get enough and that American women consume only 70% of the recommended daily intake.1 2 While getting enough magnesium is critical for everyone, here are five reasons why women should be particularly diligent.
Most women today are juggling so many responsibilities that stress and fatigue is not uncommon. To make matters worse, the body uses more magnesium when under chronic stress, making the need for magnesium even greater.12
The Recommended Daily Allowance for magnesium for adult women is 320 milligrams. Many holistic practitioners feel that magnesium intake should be determined by weight and recommend 6 milligrams for every kilogram (2.2 lb) of body weight.13 14 To get enough magnesium, enjoy a variety of whole, real foods like nuts and seeds; avocados; cooked leafy greens like collards, spinach and Swiss chard; and even dark chocolate. A magnesium supplement is also a good addition to ensure adequate intake, especially on those days when you might not eat perfectly. There are many forms of magnesium available, but magnesium citrate is a good recommendation for general supplementation. For more specific information about the different types of magnesium supplements available and which is best for you, check out this list.
Women’s bodies need women-specific care, and ensuring adequate magnesium is one important way to get that extra support.
Have you experienced the beneficial effects of magnesium in your life? Feel free to share your experience in the comments section.