Magnesium is found in whole grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds however, for some, taking a magnesium supplement is necessary. A simple blood test can reveal if your magnesium levels are within range or not and then your doctor can prescribe the amount you might need to supplement. Be aware that people with kidney problems may have a more difficult time excreting magnesium from the body and may be advised not to take supplements with magnesium. However, those with PMS, osteoporosis, irregular heartbeat and a host of other conditions can benefit with magnesium supplementation.
It has been found that people with Type 2 diabetes tend to have lower magnesium levels. Insulin resistance (when the cells in the body resist responding to the action of insulin which is to allow the cells to receive the glucose from the bloodstream for energy) and low magnesium levels may go hand in hand. Check with your physician to see if you can take a magnesium supplement and the best dosage recommended for you.
Magnesium is an electrolyte along with other major ones like sodium, potassium, phosphorous, chloride, bicarbonate and sulfate. These electrolytes must be in balance and there must be an adequate amount of them for proper functioning of the nerves, heart and muscle and generally helps the body perform at a higher level.
Although you may benefit from a supplement of magnesium, always include these foods in your diet since they provide other healthy nutrients for you. Try incorporating spinach salad with a sprinkle of nuts and or seeds and some garbanzo beans for a great taste. Perhaps replacing white rice, white pasta or potato with whole grains such as quinoa, barley and kasha for a dose of magnesium. Quinoa has a great flavor and is a complete protein – an advantage to non-animal eating vegans who tend to mix foods to achieve a complete protein. Kasha is a delicious buckwheat grain and is nearly a complete protein as well and barley is high in soluble fiber which may help to lower cholesterol levels. A variety of foods tend of ensure that you are receiving adequate nutrients in your day.