Magnificent Magnesium

Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body. It is essential for normal skeletal growth and is involved in a wide range of biochemical reactions.

The benefits of magnesium has found to have effects on the nervous system, reducing symptoms of muscle spasms and twitches. The relaxation effects it has on muscles are also seen to affect mood, reducing symptoms of anxiety and promoting good sleep.

If you suffer from poor circulation, making sure you have a good intake of magnesium can help. Headaches, cold feet and hands can be due to magnesium deficiency.  Low magnesium levels cause veins and arteries to contract, which in turn reduces the amount of blood flow and circulation that can pass freely to places such as your fingers and toes. Headaches are maybe a surprising symptom of magnesium deficiency. Arterial walls can contract when magnesium levels are low causing blood vessels in the head and neck to be constricted. Headaches and migraines can be a result of this.

The current recommended daily allowance of magnesium is 300mg. Magnesium is available naturally in a variety of food sources; such a leafy green vegetables and foods high in fibre.

  • Nuts & Seeds (Pumpkin seeds have high levels of magnesium)
  • Cauliflower, green leafy vegetables and avocados
  • Pulses
  • Shellfish
  • Wholegrains

Try this smoothie for an added health boost 

Toasted oats as a topping is optional.

Ingredients:

1 kiwi, peeled and cut into chunks (add skin for added fibre)
1 banana, peeled, frozen, and cut into chunks
1 (60g)cup loosely packed fresh spinach
1 (275ml) cup unsweetened vanilla flavoured almond milk
1 tbsp. Chia seeds
1 tbsp. Flaxseeds

Contains protein, essential fats, fibre, calcium, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants. Try a glass today for a delicious healthy treat!

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