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Magnesium (Mg)

Updated: Jul 8

What is Magnesium and why do we need it?

Magnesium (Mg) is an essential macro mineral for all humans. This means it’s needed in larger quantities that other vitamins and minerals. On average, we need between 300-400 mg every day.

About 60% of the magnesium in our bodies is held in the muscles, soft tissues and body fluids such as saliva, urine and blood.

Magnesium is an important part of our cell production which helps with metabolism and energy production. It also helps process fatty acids and proteins and nerve transmissions.

· 70% of women don’t consume enough magnesium naturally in their diet

· 50% of men don’t consume enough magnesium

· Processed foods reduce magnesium by 99%

· Deficiency is linked to Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease

[data courtesy of Lamberts Healthcare]

What symptoms might we experience if we have a deficiency?

· Muscle cramps

· Insomnia

· Salt craving

· High blood pressure

· Caffeine reliance


· Dark circles under the eyes

· Headaches and migraines

· Restless legs

· Lack of focus and concentration

· Symptoms of IBS

What foods include magnesium?

· Black beans

· Lentils

· Chickpeas

· Spinach

· Avocados

· Bananas

· Peanuts/almonds/Brazil nuts

· Mackerel/salmon/halibut

· Oatmeal/quinoa/whole wheat

· Dark chocolate

When should I increase my magnesium intake? If you are:

· Under stress

· Taking or studying for Exams

· Going through Life changes ie bereavement, divorce or house move

· Prediabetes

· If you are overweight

· If you suffer from Fibromyalgia or fatigue

· If you suffer with depression

· If you suffer with Restless leg symptoms

What can I do to help myself and how can The Olive Sanctuary help?

· Improve your diet content and reduce processed foods

· Take a Magnesium supplement. We recommend you take advice first.

· Use Magnesium products in your bath and on your skin from The Olive Sanctuary.

Click on these links to purchase: HANDCREAM, BATH FLAKES

· Book a massage with the Olive Sanctuary. BOOK A TREATMENT

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