Magnesium can be found in a wide variety of foods. The best sources are legumes, nuts, whole grains, and green vegetables. Magnesium serves as an important part of more than 300 body enzymes. These enzymes regulate various body functions including energy production, building body protein, and muscle contractions.

Magnesium also helps maintain body cells and serves as a component in bones. Deficiencies, although rare, can cause health problems such as an irregular heartbeat, weakness, and mental derangement. Excess is not established to be harmful unless it cannot be excreted properly due to kidney problems.

The RDA for adult males over age 31 is 420 mg/day, for males age 19 to 30 is 400 mg/day, for females over age 31 is 320 mg/day, and for females age 19 to 30 is 310 mg/day.

Have a Healthy Day!

Gina Forgione, Health SOS

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