Magnesium is a well-commercialised micronutrient that the body utilises. Magnesium has a strong influences bone formation, is a component of many enzymes within the body and is also important in the role of protein synthesis.
The RDA for magnesium is 310 to 320mg for women and 200 to 420mg for men. Magnesium is not normally considered when discussing nutritional considerations for women and men but a recent position statement by the America College of Sports Medicine has included magnesium as an important mineral when considering the impact it can have upon athletic performance.
Inadequate consumption of magnesium could affect metabolism, hormone function and also cardiovascular irregularities.
Sources of magnesium can come from the following:
– Green leafy vegetables
– Whole grains