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Magnesium: why and how to optimise your intake?

Magnesium is a mineral which is essential for the correct functioning of the body and is involved in more than 300 biological reactions. However, in France, 75% of the population have a magnesium deficiency1, which can have a number of consequences.

Why and how to optimise your intake of magnesium? 

Watch the video to find out about the impacts of insufficient levels of magnesium, and how to resolve the problem. 

Fatigue, irritability, nocturnal cramps, twitching eyelids or even palpitations... These symptoms, familiar to a large fraction of the population, are indicative of a magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is essential for the correct functioning of the body, this mineral is involved in more than 300 biological reactions. Nerve transmission, muscle relaxation and the production of cell membranes are some of the functions it enables.

    As we age, our magnesium requirements change. The World Health Organisation recommends an average intake of 6 mg per kilogram per day infants children teenagers and pregnant women have daily requirements that can be twice or even three times higher to enable healthy growth and the correct development of the nervous system.

    In France, 75% of the population have a magnesium deficiency. There are many reasons: taking medicinal products, weight-loss diets, soil depletion due to intensive agriculture the fast pace of life.

    Stress is also responsible for an insufficiency of magnesium which generates a vicious circle :

    • Stress automatically induces a loss of magnesium which is eliminated via the urine.
    • this accelerated loss of magnesium increases anxiety levels and thus stress which further accelerates its elimination.

    To optimise your magnesium intake it is advisable :

    • to learn to manage your stress e.g. by practising yoga or meditation.
    • Drink mineral water and eat magnesium-rich foods such as almonds walnuts and hazelnuts chocolate rice and wholegrain bread prawns...

    In addition to diet, taking food supplements rich in magnesium can be useful:

    • Prefer those which also contain vitamin B6 which helps magnesium enter the cells.
    • Some food supplements contain taurine which helps to maintain magnesium levels inside cells. A controlled intake of magnesium genuine health benefits!
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