Nutrition – Micronutrients: Magnesium

A few weeks ago we talked about micronutrients: what they are and wha they do. Today we’ll look at one of those micronutrients, a mineral that is very important for our health: magnesium.

Magnesium is an intracellular ion involved in many of the body’s metabolic reactions. In particular, it is useful in:

  • the processes that transform food into essential compounds for the human body, as in the case of protein synthesis,
  • the generation of energy,
  • the development and maintenance of bone
  • muscle contraction during exercise.

How many functions for a single substance! It is therefore important to regulate the daily intake of magnesium to keep us healthy, strong and vital.

The main dietary sources of magnesium are legumes, nuts, whole grains, bran and cocoa.

A healthy and balanced diet rich in plant substances is therefore a solid guarantee for satisfying our daily requirements. As always, I emphasize the fact that, apart from a few specific cases, it is not necessary to introduce artificial supplements because nature provides us with everything we need. Just follow a diet rich in vegetables and whole grains, including snacks made from dried fruit and cocoa beans.

 

Dr. Elisa Reginato?

Surgeon

Specialist in Nutritional Science

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