Recommended Reading: All About “Mighty” Magnesium

If you’re experiencing heart palpitations, panic attacks, depression, muscle cramps, insomnia, high blood pressure and even migraines, there’s a good chance that magnesium deficiency is the culprit.

We often read about the importance of Calcium and Vitamin D, but for some reason Magnesium has never achieved “nutritional superstar” status, even though it’s the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body ranging from energy production to cholesterol control. According to the website of the National Institute of Health, Magnesium…

  • keeps heart rhythm steady
  • supports a healthy immune system
  • keeps bones strong
  • regulates blood sugar levels
  • promotes normal blood pressure
Judging from all the articles and websites I’ve found in just the last few months, this important mineral seems to be getting the attention it rightly deserves.  Here are my recommendations for good source material on this topic:
For a concise overview, start with the NIH’s (Office of Dietary Supplements) informative Fact Sheet on Magnesium, which including signs of deficiency, dosage recommendations and a list of food sources.

Wellness coach Morley Robbins lists 10 important facts to know about Magnesium in  his article“The Super Powerful Mineral You’re Not Getting Enough Of”   

Want to know which foods offer the most magnesium? See Top Ten Foods Highest in Magnesium

At the Better Nutrition website, Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. N.D., the leading authority on magnesium, lists 27 conditions that may be caused by magnesium deficiency. (Click HERE to share this factoid with your Twitter followers.) Do any of them look familiar to you? Consider buying a copy of her landmark book,  The Magnesium Miracle for more in-depth reading.

Finally, the website of the Nutritional Magnesium Association offers many excellent articles and videos such as “Calcium Magnesium Balance is Vital,” on the importance of balancing your daily calcium intake with the right dose of magnesium.  Be sure to listen to their video interview with Dr. Carolyn Dean on this topic. You can also stay on top of research and expert advice by signing up to receive their newsletters.

By the way, all this reading convinced me about the importance of a daily dose of magnesium through foods and a supplement. So now, just before bedtime, I mix two teaspoons of Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm powder, which contains 350 mg of pH-balanced magnesium, with warm water to make a relaxing “magnesium tea.”  I’ve found that it has reduced the frequency of night time leg cramps and it has definitely helped me sleep better. (You can buy it at Whole Foods and Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy.  Buy it flavored, not natural, which doesn’t taste so great.)