Can magnesium be overdosed?

Magnesium is a mineral that the body needs to function properly. It helps in hundreds of important body processes, including those that regulate muscle and nerve function.

It helps maintain bone strength, heart health and normal blood sugar levels. It also plays a role in energy levels. Magnesium can be obtained from many foods and drinks. However, if your doctor thinks you need more, he may recommend adding supplements.

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How much magnesium do we need?

An adult woman needs about 310 milligrams of magnesium per day, and 320 milligrams after the age of 30. Pregnant women need an additional 40 milligrams. Adult men under the age of 31 need 400 milligrams, and older men need 420 milligrams. Children need between 30 and 410 milligrams, depending on their age and gender. Talk to your pediatrician about how much magnesium your child needs.

Are you getting enough magnesium in your body?

Most people do not get enough magnesium from their diet. Over time, low levels of the mineral can lead to a number of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and migraines. Older adults, alcoholics, and people with type 2 diabetes or digestive problems are more likely to be magnesium deficient, either because their bodies get rid of too much magnesium or because they don’t get enough in the first place.

Can it be too much?

If you are healthy, your kidneys will flush out the extra magnesium you take in with food. Still, too much magnesium can cause cramps or nausea. The same is true if you use magnesium-containing laxatives or antacids. In very high doses, the mineral can make you very ill.

Talk to your doctor about magnesium tablets, as some conditions such as myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness) can get worse when you take them.

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Benefit: Strengthens bones

The body uses magnesium to build new bone cells. According to research, it can also protect against bone loss, bone fractures and bone disease, osteoporosis. Studies show that women with osteoporosis tend to have lower magnesium levels than those without.

Benefit: Fights inflammation

Inflammation is the immune system’s response to potential damage. In the short term, it helps the body fight viruses and heal wounds. However, if you have chronic inflammation, it can lead to health problems like heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Magnesium can help prevent this from happening.

Benefit: Protects the heart

Magnesium helps the heart pump blood. Adequate levels of the mineral can reduce the chance of an irregular heartbeat, heart disease or heart attack. Magnesium relaxes the walls of blood vessels and can help keep blood pressure low. In addition, it can help to increase the level of HDL, i.e. “good” cholesterol.

Benefit: Prevents migraines

Experts say magnesium helps block or reduce pain chemicals in the brain and prevents blood vessels from constricting. Migraines are more likely if you don’t get enough magnesium. A dietary supplement can help keep those headaches at bay.

Benefit: Reduces the chance of diabetes

Magnesium helps the hormone insulin function properly. Insulin helps keep blood sugar levels steady. In one study, people who got the most magnesium were less likely to get sick than people who got the least amount of magnesium.

Interactions with drugs

Talk to your doctor before taking a magnesium supplement. And make sure they know about everything else you’re taking. Some medications can make it harder for your body to absorb magnesium. And magnesium supplements can cause some antibiotics and osteoporosis drugs to not work as well as they should.

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