Why Diet Alone Can’t Cover All Your Magnesium Needs

by Kristin Suzanne, Health Blogger

Kristin is the owner of Kristen’s Raw, an accomplished raw / vegan chef, and author helping people succeed with the raw food diet. As a former competitive bodybuilder, she’s been studying nutrition, fitness and food preparation for more than 15 years. She’s also the author of 12 raw vegan recipe and lifestyle books, and she maintains Green Mommy Blog as well.

Why Diet Alone Can’t Cover All Your Magnesium Needs

Magnesium! Who Knew?!

I recently hosted a giveaway on my blog where I chose a winner to receive a bottle of the ever important mineral magnesium. Now, that might not seem very sexy to some of you, but holy moly, when I learned that up to 80%(!) of us are probably deficient in it, and what that could mean for our health, I immediately became interested. This is important stuff, friends.

I used to think that I didn’t need to supplement with magnesium because I had enough in my diet. I knew that cashews contained it. Chocolate, too! In fact, many believe that when you crave chocolate, it’s often a sign of your body needing magnesium.

But, I was wrong in thinking I’m getting enough with food alone. A quarter cup of cashews gives about 20-25% of the recommended daily intake (400 mg). And I believe there are many nutrients, including magnesium, of which we need higher levels than what the RDI recommends.

Raw Chocolate, Anyone?

In fact, if you have a magnesium deficiency, it seems that you can’t replenish by just getting the RDI amount of 400 mg. According to Jigsaw’s website (my choice for magnesium supplement), “Some experts in the field – such as Dr. Russell Blaylock – recommend 1000mg a day as the optimal dose to relieve the effects that can be connected to magnesium-deprived diets.

Therefore, I’d need to consume at least a cup of cashews and lots of chocolate (ummm… okay, maybe that’s not a bad thing – lol) to reach the amount I think I need. That’s a lot of cashews every day! And – though it pains me to admit – too much chocolate.

So, even though I try to rely on organic whole foods to give me a strong foundation of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, I supplement to fill in the gaps.

Magnesium 101

The first thing to know is that not all magnesiums (magnesia?) are created equally. Again, it’s a very important mineral. Remember, I mentioned that many people are deficient and need to supplement more than the RDI? Well, it turns out that you don’t want to do this with just any magnesium or you might have bowel trouble due to the mineral’s laxative effect.

Enter my favorite magnesium: Jigsaw’s Magnesium w/SRT.

Because Jigsaw Magnesium w/SRT is time released, you can take higher amounts without having to worry about, er, explosive bowel issues. I speak from experience… (TMI alert)… in the past, I supplemented by drinking Natural Calm’s popular magnesium drink, but I found that I had to be careful with it because it gave me… um… issues.

Also, taking the time to drink a cup of something every night inevitably means that there will be times that I miss it because I don’t feel like making or drinking it. Ever since I switched to Jigsaw, I’ve been able to take more magnesium, consistently, without any of the unwanted laxative effects.

Curious if you’re deficient in magnesium?

The impact of deficiency is significant and wide-ranging since magnesium plays a role in over 325 functions in the body. For example, if you are experiencing any of the following quirks*, your body may be telling you that it’s craving magnesium:

  • muscle twitches and “tics”
  • “Charlie horse”
  • generally achy muscles
  • muscle tone that’s not at its best
  • headaches in response to day-to-day stress
  • hormonal swings
  • compromised energy levels
  • high-strung stress response
  • constipation
  • compromised focus
  • slow athletic recovery
  • restless sleep

So if any of these are giving you problems, or if you suspect you’re among the 80% of people who are deficient, check out Jigsaw’s Magnesium w/SRT.  Magnesium deficiency is so severe in many cases that it’s one of the few supplements where results could be seen in just a couple of days.

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