The list of health problems associated with a magnesium deficiency is a long one. Magnesium, a mineral, activates over 76% of the enzymatic processes in the body and is especially critical for cellular respiration and mitochondrial function.
Magnesium is also a critical co-factor in cellular energy production, the metabolism of carbohydrates and glucose control, fatty acid oxidation and protein synthesis in the body.
Magnesium has to be available in order for the body to know when to switch on and off enzyme and hormone production, and it is important for muscle function and nerve transmissions as well.
Not surprisingly, given how many body systems depend on it, deficiencies have been associated with:
If you have any of these symptoms, you may have a magnesium deficiency, and supplementation may be needed. You can eat more magnesium-rich foods as well. Nuts and seeds are particularly high in magnesium. And a simple search on Google will identify other keto appropriate choices.
Taking natural supplements of magnesium is probably one of the best things you can do for your health. The Daily Recommended Intake is 400 milligrams per day, and 450 a day for pregnant women. Magnesium citrate is the form which has better absorption rates.
The University of Maryland has more information on the importance of magnesium here. Taking too much magnesium will cause very soft stools or diarrhea. You can use this fact to judge your body requirement - constipation being an indicator that you are low on magnesium.
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