You may put it on your garden or in the bath when your muscles are aching, but what about your body?
Magnesium has become one of the most popular nutritional supplements in recent years. It is a sold as a solution to several problems including muscle cramps, cluster headaches, reducing blood pressure and to improve sleep quality. The question is do you need a supplement?
The answer depends on whether you are deficient in the first place. The truth is that this is the situation for pretty much all nutrients. If you are getting enough in your diet, taking even more in the form of a supplement will usually have no further effect and may even be detrimental. A good golden rule is to always look towards improving your diet first. Use a supplement only where it is difficult for you to meet your needs through food.
When it comes to magnesium, deficiency is believed to be pretty common in developed countries such as Australia. This is because we increasingly rely on overly processed foods and are not eating enough of the foods that are naturally rich in the mineral.