Magnesium

Functions

  • Natural muscle relaxant (anti stress mineral).
  • Prevents heart attacks.
  • Important role in protein and carbohydrate metabolism.
  • Prevention of kidney stones.
  • Helps in treatment of premenstrual syndrome.
  • Useful in the treatment of high blood pressure.

Sources

  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Soyabeans
  • seafood
  • Nuts and oilseeds
  • Soy flour
  • Tofu
  • Bran
  • Whole grains
  • wheat germ
  • Brown rice
  • Avocado
  • Dried apricot
  • Dried figs

Deficiency

  • Fatigue
  • Anorexia
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle twitching
  • Poor memory
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Numbness of muscles
  • Nervous convulsions and behavior

Toxicity

  • Toxicity unknown, as excess is eliminated in the urine.

Recommended dietary allowances