Magnesium is a mineral that the body needs for more than 300 biochemical reactions. It cannot be created within the body, and must be ingested in order to help maintain muscle, bone and nerve function, keep a steady heart rhythm and blood pressure, create a strong immune system and regulate blood sugar levels.
Foods high in Magnesium include green vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. Another excellent source of magnesium is cocoa, especially powdered cocoa. When under stress, we use up a lot of magnesium.
Chocolate cravings may be a sign of magnesium deficiency, because chocolate is high in magnesium. Other signs of low magnesium include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness.
Before supplementing Magnesium, it is important to talk it over with your Naturopathic Doctor. Each patient’s health is unique. Your ND can discuss with you how best to supplement magnesium in your diet.