Magnesium: The Magic Mineral

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Few people are aware of the enormous role that magnesium plays in our everyday health. And the great news is, this seemingly magical mineral may even help with cramps. If you are in search of natural remedies for menstrual cramps, you might have come across women that swear by it.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is necessary for over 300 functions in the body, and supports a healthy immune system. So essential, yet most Americans (68%) are deficient. Some of the functions supported by magnesium include muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and blood pressure regulation. It would seem that magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral in the body, but it is quite possible to have lower than recommended levels. This tends to be a problem found more commonly in women. Yet, while women tend to be more likely to show low levels of magnesium, research has shown that magnesium may decrease a woman-specific issue: menstrual pain.

The University of Maryland Medical Center lists magnesium under recommended ways to relieve menstrual pain, as one study found that women who took 360 mg daily for 3 days before menstruation began, saw a decrease in menstrual pain. Magnesium is used for many other health issues including anxiety, ADHD, diabetes and premenstrual syndrome.

Photo Credit: Ron Lute
Photo Credit: Ron Lute

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and weakness. If you think you aren’t incorporating enough magnesium into your diet, you can find magnesium in dark chocolate (maybe this explains the uncontrollable cravings!), almonds, spinach, avocado, whole-wheat bread, plain yogurt, broccoli and many other commonly eaten foods. As always, check with your doctor about taking any supplements or making any dietary changes.

In this month’s OleaBox, we are including packs of magnesium citrate, a highly absorbable form of magnesium. Let a packet fizz into warm water, or let it dissolve in your favorite beverage. Enjoy, and let us know how it goes: tweet us on or send us your thoughts to

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