Magnesium: A Vital Health and Beauty Mineral

Magnesium is a mineral on a mission, and did you know it’s essential for both beauty and health?!

While it is found naturally in the body, mostly in bones and soft tissues, many people aren’t getting enough magnesium each day. Minerals such as magnesium are vital to skin health in that they jump start cell rejuvenation, while they also foster strong shiny locks and white teeth. Magnesium can help regulate high blood pressure, aids the body in absorbing calcium, vitally important to the prevention of osteoporosis, and can treat insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks.

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When it comes to getting your magnesium there are two main outlets for success – food and/or supplementation. Foods high in magnesium include dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, nuts and seeds including almond and pumpkin, and best of all, dark chocolate! If you choose to take magnesium supplements, natural health professional Andrew Weil MD, author of , suggests you investigate magnesium citrate, chelate, or glycinate, and avoid magnesium oxide, which he says can be irritating to the digestive tract. Many calcium and multivitamin supplements now contain magnesium in their formulas. Another magnesium supplement option is oil applied topically to the skin or used in a bath. It is imperative that you discuss your magnesium needs with your medical professional before using any supplements whatsoever!

Now that you know the important role magnesium plays in your beauty and health/wellness routine, you can research recipes and supplements to find out how best to get your daily intake. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for women 19-30 is 310 mg/day and 320 mg/day for women over 31and over.

By Laura Carson Miller

Sources: Dr. Andrew Weil | Web MD

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