Vitamins and minerals are very important for our body. In my previous article, I told you about the zinc mineral and its importance. Now I want to talk about magnesium mineral and magnesium deficiency.

The symbol for the magnesium mineral is ‘Mg’. And it is among the macro minerals. In other words, the body needs more than 100 milligrams per day. It is among the most abundant minerals in our body. However, it must be taken into the body with food on a daily basis. It is necessary for biochemical reactions in the body. It takes part in protein synthesis. Magnesium mineral is involved in the stimulation of nerves and contraction of muscles, together with sodium and potassium.

What foods contain magnesium?

We can meet our magnesium need from many foods. And magnesium-rich foods should be included in our daily diet. Foods such as green leafy plants, unrefined grains (whole grains), legumes, soybeans, almonds, and hazelnuts are rich in magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency

As with many minerals, you may encounter some problems with magnesium deficiency. Depression, muscle contractions etc. problems may occur. If you regularly check your vitamin and mineral values, you can shape your daily diet accordingly.


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