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Magnesium is an important nutrient that is needed for muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and blood pressure regulation. It is also involved in energy production and is required for structural development of bone. Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral.
The amount of magnesium you need depends on your age and gender. Some medical conditions and medications can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb magnesium. People with gastrointestinal diseases, type 2 diabetes, long-term alcoholism and older adults are more likely than others to get too little magnesium. Magnesium can be found naturally in foods such as beans/legumes, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables. The Standard American diet provides less than the recommended amounts of magnesium.
Symptoms of a magnesium deficiency can include loss of appetite, fatigue and weakness and muscle cramps. High intakes of magnesium from supplements and medications can cause diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramping.
Magnesium supplements are available in a variety of forms, including magnesium glycinate, citrate and malate. The absorption of magnesium from different kinds of magnesium supplements varies. Magnesium glycinate is often used to improve sleep. Magnesium citrate can help with constipation relief due to its natural laxative effect. Magnesium malate is easily absorbed and may have less of a laxative effect than other forms of magnesium supplementation.